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Project by JuniorJoiner posted 03-27-2009 07:14 AM 1958 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone seems to have a piece of wood in their shop they cannot identify. this one was mine.

I found it in the ditch beside my house, obviously dunnage used to sticker some more expensive wares for transport from some other country. extremely heavy and dense, quite waxy, open grained, green when first cut and oxidizes to black. it also has a unique odor when first cut or planed.

I did a bit of research and thought it was heartwood asian ebony, or maybe cabbagebark.

I made a few mallets out of it, and have a three foot piece leftover.

today i finally identified it as south American partridgewood. a woodworker i know who has been using exotics for 35+ years had a piece to compare it to (the smell was the determining factor)

I had never heard of it before, but from how nice it is to work with hand tools. i can see why it is rare.

the mallets i made from it have held up well to everyday use , and the heft makes it a perfect choice for this.

now i will have to keep my eyes open for another mystery piece.

...oh yeah, the handle is a piece of soft maple, shaped with spokeshave only, attached with through mortise and wedge(no glue).

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.





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woodspyder

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#1 posted 03-27-2009 08:47 AM

Nice looking mallet, great find.
Nothing better than free wood.

-- Measure three times, cut twice.

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TheDane

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#2 posted 03-27-2009 03:01 PM

Wish I would find some useful lumber in the ditch at my place … all we ever get is cigarette butts and empty beer cans!

Nice work!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Chris

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#3 posted 03-27-2009 04:33 PM

Good looking mallet. I’m going to have to spend more time in the gutter after hearing about this…

-- Chris

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#4 posted 03-27-2009 05:07 PM

South American partridgewood thats a new one on me. nice job.

Jim

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Karson

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#5 posted 03-27-2009 05:16 PM

Nice looking mallet. And some interesting wood. Strange to find it in a ditch. But I’m guessing a bunch of it ends up in the dumpster.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 03:08 PM

sweet! that handle looks like it must have been a lot of fun!

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#7 posted 06-24-2009 10:29 PM

People throw away lots of things because they don’t know what it is,

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 08-16-2010 05:35 PM

I have a few pieces of something similar…maybe the same. On my construction site one of our subcontractors had brought in skids of 4×4’s and smaller pieces to use as shims when lifting entire overpass spans. Needless to say they required a very high density wood that would not compress. After the work was completed I scavenged the scraps left behind.

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#9 posted 09-04-2010 12:19 AM

It would be great to have your craftsmanship skill and my imagination. Handle looks nice for a spokeshave piece. Can’t wait to but one myself. Been needing a wooden-mallet in the shop for some time now… Great piece!

-- GX

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