A few weeks ago I posted a wood gloat about some wood I had acquired. The real purpose of the posting was to pick the brains of the LJ’s to see what I really had. I received wonderful input which put me on the trail to information about Curly Movingui.
None who wrote had ever worked with it. There was real interest in finding out about my experiences and impressions when I actually started cutting on it.
I only had about 30 BF, so a huge project was out of the question. The decision was made to make a legal size two-drawer filing cabinet. This piece needed to be eye-catching without being frilly. (I’m not sure how one would make a frilly file cabinet, actually) Due to the placement of this piece in the office setting, really all of the sides will be visible. I decided to do cathedral style panels on the 3 fixed sides.
The side panels are wider than the ends.
I continued the theme on the drawer fronts.
The drawers themselves have a reverse arch and box joint corners.
The finish is 4 coats of poly-semi-gloss with a final sand to 1500 grit.
The top is Obsidian granite which I had fabricated locally.
The full post on this project was done yesterday.
Now my experiences and impressions of this extrordinary wood:
Some of the research indicated that this wood had high silica content, and it would dull cutting tools. Because I was only working with 30BF, I did not detect that. It ripped and cross cut very easily and left a smooth edge. But is so easy to burn.
The planing and jointing process is where the trouble began. This wood chips and gouges with nearly every pass.
To have any success at all, it took tiny bites and held breath. The shaper was really tough. It took 3 passes on the rails and styles and 7 passes on the raised panels.
One of the panels kicked back and shattered, and I put a lovely bevel on my finger!
A lot of blood, but I was lucky this time. (I did get a SAWSTOP ordered however.)
It glues beautifully. It holds pocket screws well. We pre-drill as a matter of course.
It sands easily, which is fortunate since every surface that comes into contact with a cutting tool of any kind, ends up with a 2-day stubble.
The finish brought out the fabulous grain and rich colors. It also brought out the whiskers! So lots of sand paper, time and patience are required. After 4 coats the finish is like glass.
The grain and color are phenominal.
It glues and screws together well.
It seems stable
It is not remarkably heavy or dense.
It is eye-catching and makes a bold build.
The grain makes this wood delicate and touchy to plane, joint and especially shape.
It burns like cigarette paper.
The finishing process is arduous.
This wood is massively expensive, $30 to $40 PBF, if you can find it in quantities.
The saw dust and sanding dust is irritating. Not as bad as cocobolo, but noticable.
I am pleased with the build, but I would not opt to use Movingui for a large project in the future. Ribbon-grain Yellowheart is nearly as attractive, easier to work with and 1/2 the price, and usually abundant.
Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can answer any questions.
-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!