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Project by spanky46 posted 03-29-2009 11:33 PM 2042 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife ask me to make something for her desk at work. She wanted it made with an exotic wood.
So I made her go with me to the mill works to pick out what she wanted. That way she couldn’t complain about the price of the wood! This wood is very dense but fun to work with. Finishing it was another story!
I started out using Tung Oil and it took a week to dry! Then I tried Fast Drying Polyurethane from Minwax but that took forever to dry! Decided that when all else fails read the directions. (research) I found out Cocobolo is about the only wood that is oilier than this wood! I was going through all these steps on a scrap piece also so I could experiment. When the polyurethane dried I decided to try some Water Base Polycrylic from Minwax on the scrap and it dried in 20 minutes! Live and learn.
The wood is Bocote!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#1 posted 03-30-2009 01:05 AM

Really nice looking wood there, Spanky, and pretty pieces made with them, too! Any idea what kind of wood it is? I didn’t see you mention.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#2 posted 03-30-2009 01:28 AM

good lessons…but you stuck to it…did the research and—-wah—lah…amazing results…did you mention the wood???

put the wood in “tags” for your project…so if someone does research here…then they can easily call up this project and info…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 03-30-2009 02:21 AM

Looks like Bacote.

-- Greg, CT

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#4 posted 03-30-2009 03:36 AM

Very exotic and so is the wood.. Never seen the likes of it before. Kwila from New guinea Is also very oily if it is not seasoned properly.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-30-2009 03:40 AM

Thank you! It is Bacote. Good eye Gmoney. Wondered how soon someone would know!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 04:19 AM


-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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