I was out at the local hardwood dealer picking up some purpleheart, when I saw this sticking out of a bin. It’s very rough sawn (actually, it almost looks like it came off of a pallet somewhere), and someone had written “Jarrah? $1” on it.
Naturally, I had to try it. It’s like one of those scratch-off lottery tickets – you might be wasting a dollar, but you could win as much as two or even five dollars!
A little time with a jack plane reveals:
We have a winner! Actually, I have no idea whether or not this wood is, in fact, Jarrah – I’ve never worked with it before. But I do know beautiful hardwood when I see it, and I can officially call this an attractive find.
It’s probably only about 24×4x1, and it’s fairly warped, so I don’t know what I’ll do with this: I may rip it in half and re-glue to form a turning blank, and turn some Christmas ornaments for the family (which I’ve been meaning to do). Or maybe I’ll resaw it and make a little box. The possibilities are endless (or at least two…).
What would you do with this mystery wood?