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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 11-20-2016 05:13 AM 1253 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing is as satisfying as laying a good stock of timber. Friday I bought 1.1 m3 of Victorian Blackwood from the Otway Ranges, backing boards from a veneer mill. Most of it will be resawn into back, sides and tops for guitars, mandolins and ukuleles, more than I’ll ever use. This blackwood has a medium figure and will make some outstanding instruments.

From the yard to my racks. The ukes at the bottom are sopranos made of oregon and southern silky oak (not a quercus). Concert size is next on the list.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.



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#1 posted 11-20-2016 12:48 PM

Nice looking figure and grain. Looks like a lot of great wood.

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#2 posted 11-20-2016 06:59 PM

I’m jealous!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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#3 posted 11-21-2016 02:44 PM

Glad you got stocked up. Hope there are plenty of post of what this supply becomes.

-- ~Tony

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#4 posted 11-21-2016 08:30 PM

Thanks for commenting fellas.

This blackwood is going to be my buffalo, every scrap will be used. Tops, backs, sides, necks, bridges, fingerboards, headstock veneers, binding and some bracing.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#5 posted 11-21-2016 10:40 PM

WOW … you better keep your shop locked … oh wait, you’re in Australia … Damn! LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 11-21-2016 10:51 PM

Ron, I’ve never been too worried about timber theft. A person has to be really keen pinch timber because they just got into the materials handling business. lol

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#7 posted 11-22-2016 10:50 PM

Earl, this is an enviable collection, but I DO hope you have complete and 100% dust extraction covering every aspect of your work.
From experience I offer this comment as I lost a close friend to carcinoma caused by inhalation of the highly toxic Blackwood dust.
This happened from the start of his woodworking career in a joinery back in the days before it was realised just how toxic so many wood dusts can be.
Good luck with your work in what is my old stamping grounds where I used to travel for diving along that coastline.
Many, many years ago.
Ron Booth
Now in Sunny Hobart

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Texcaster

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#8 posted 11-24-2016 10:53 PM



Earl, this is an enviable collection, but I DO hope you have complete and 100% dust extraction covering every aspect of your work.
From experience I offer this comment as I lost a close friend to carcinoma caused by inhalation of the highly toxic Blackwood dust.
This happened from the start of his woodworking career in a joinery back in the days before it was realised just how toxic so many wood dusts can be.
Good luck with your work in what is my old stamping grounds where I used to travel for diving along that coastline.
Many, many years ago.
Ron Booth
Now in Sunny Hobart

- ronniebo

Ron, I’ve never had any trouble with blackwood. Black Bean is a different story, a known carcinogen, it causes nosebleeds within 15 min. in a mill. McKay Cedar is another one that gets up peoples noses almost immediately. Most of the time I just breath through an unlit rollie, it’s been working for me for 70 years. lol

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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