The Rough Exotic Lumber Chronicles: An Odyssey of a Village Boy River Walker
Thank you for your warm welcome!
I am rookie woodworker w/experience in residential/commercial remodeling. Found a good connection on rough exotic lumber and decided to get my workshop together so I can build furniture with some wicked looking wood.
Got a bunch of wide boards of Gabon Ebony with dimensions: 3-4” x 12-19” x 73”
Boards fairly square but not level because they were milled with chainsaws. I started planing the boards to remove the saw skips and partially level the faces out (creating piles of expensive mulch). It’s incredible seeing the difference a couple passes with the hand plane makes.
I was considering getting a big 5hp planer but now I’m thinking about getting a 19” bandsaw first. My thinking is that with the bandsaw I could re-saw the boards on two sides and take a fairly level board from the center and send it thru the thickness planer, and on to the drum sander.
Could really use some words of wisdom from some more experience woodworkers. Any advice on re-sawing wide plank Gabon Ebony and other exotics on Bandsaw? I’m looking to get something with 5HP….?
PART II- The Saga Continues
Moon Light…... Smells Like Rain.
Long day at the office… Now for a relaxing excursion into shop.
Back to his majesty’s table. At first, I’m thinking, an all black boss pilgrim style tressle base would do it. Simple. But tough & elegant. It was agreed upon and we began the process of picking, matching, etc.
So I’m going through my little pallet of boards and I happen across two strange boards. They were pretty much al whitish crayon peach with some lines here and there… but I couldn’t see much grain pattern through the saw chatter on the boards.
Earlier That Day:
….now earlier my partners concluded that what I thought to be “rainbow ebony” was actually black & white ebony. I did not concur.
LOW AND BEHOLD!!! The kings most dedicated retainer is again validated in his belief in finding things strange & wonderful even in the midst of a pallet of obvious good fortune (luck, chance)!
So I pull the boards out, take rest, drink a quart of water and throw em on two roller tables where they will be gently planed by hand to reveal their true nature and more importantly, their intentions. Considerations must be made when considering a commission by his majesty.
But first, lets see what the miter saw has learned from the end grain.
To be continued…....