|Project by CharlieM1958||posted 02-23-2009 12:13 AM||1695 views||0 times favorited||21 comments|
Nothing special about this tiny business card holder box except the wood. Unfortunately, the photos don’t do it justice. But there is a story….
A friend of mine (older gentleman) who knows I’m into woodworking, gave me a chunk of Cuban mahogany about 6” x 6” x 7/8”. He told me has had about 40 bf sitting in his attic for the last 30 years, which he bought from another old fellow who was sitting on a huge supply.
It seems this fellow (the original owner) was around back in the day when this species grew wild in a very speciific area of south Florida. A major highway was being constructed, and the last stand of this timber in the U.S. was being clear cut and burned. (This was just post WWII, before much was being done in the way of conservation). So this guy bought an old surplus army halftrack, and followed the road clearing crew around salvaging as many of the logs as he could handle.
This is probably the most exquisite lumber I’ve ever worked with. It’s dense and heavy, but it machines well. Rip a piece and the cut feels smooth as glass. I ripped the chunk into 3 pieces 2” x 6” x 7/8”, then I resawed those 3 pieces into 6 pieces 3/8” thick on the table saw. Resawing exposed a beautiful, multi-colored interior, visible on the underside of the lid. I just can’t describe the wonderful color and texture of this wood. As I said, the photos just don’t capture it.
I gave my friend the box this morning, and told him “Here, I thougt it was time to return that piece of wood you lent me.” He was thrilled. I’m hoping he “lends” me some more. :-)
-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"