In my experience working with bloodwood I found the following…
- It is very hard (Janka 2900). Sometimes chips out with the router and is very difficult to hand sand in the nooks and cranies. I’ve recently heard that it “is HELL on scroll saw blades” too.
- It can be quite fragile when it gets thin. In order to make my heart cross, I had to create my own plywood by resawing my stock and gluing the two pieces back together with the grain at 90 degrees to give it the strength I needed.
- You can easily burn the end grain by machine sanding. Need to go lightly or hand sand the end grain.
- It takes a great finish. I’ve had excellent results with “tung oil” finish. It does darken it somewhat.
- There is a huge difference in the plain sawn, riff cut,and quarter sawn lumber. I much prefer the plain sawn for the small items I make. The other cuts might work for larger items.
- Seems to glue well. I’ve used Titebond II and III and never had any problems.
- Also turns well. I’ve made several pens with it. Never had any problem with tearout while turning but might be a problem with end grain turning. I just haven’t tried it. Sands and finishes well on the lathe.
-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "