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Project by woodworkEER posted 04-07-2010 02:05 AM 2514 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought this jointer, lathe, and a smaller lathe for pretty cheap yesterday. As I was finishing loading the truck with my new tools the guy offered me a stack of 35-40 rough cut walnut blanks of various sizes for $10. I took the offer. When i got home I noticed that a few of them were MUCH heavier. I planed one down to see the grain and made a fantastic discovery. I think that it is rosewood, exactly what type i’m not sure. Some of you are going to say that it is purpleheart, but it’s not that purple in real life. I’ve worked w/ purple heart before, this is totally different. Anyway, I ended up finding 7 of these peices that are 3”x3”x24”-30” each. The guy told me that this wood has been laying around for decades, could this be pre-CITES treaty rosewood??? I’m going to take it to the university in a few weeks to get it checked out.

Any suggestions on rosewood projects?

Also, the jointer is for sale if anyone near WV is interested.

-- Earth First; We'll log other planets later.

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#1 posted 04-07-2010 02:20 AM

I don’t care what kind of wood it is! The price was perfect. Great looking lathe. I love the older equipment.

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#2 posted 04-07-2010 02:25 AM

Looks like bubinga to me. Score!

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#3 posted 04-07-2010 04:40 AM

Good score on the tools! Looks like walnut to me. Ive got some that looks like that. Alot of walnut is steamed these days to even out the color. My yard doesnt steam it and some of it gets that striped look to it. Unsteamed walnut is spectacular wood! Hues of purple, greens yellows, and that beautiful chocolate brown color. Just my 2 cents… let us know what it turns out to be.

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#4 posted 04-07-2010 05:12 AM

nice score! yes, that wood looks darker than walnut… even unsteamed (and yes! unsteamed/air dried is so much prettier). If it was finished then it might be a little harder to tell, but just like that? another way to tell is by the smell… at least black walnut has a particularly delicious and distinctive aroma.

ALSO: I’m near Morgantown… I’ll PM you about that jointer.

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#5 posted 04-07-2010 05:19 AM

Thats a nice score.

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#6 posted 04-07-2010 05:19 AM

yeah nice score regardless….and to me it actually does look a little like rosewood…but i would say more kingwood like at this point….wish you the best of luck with the university visit…let us know what it is in the end.

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#7 posted 04-07-2010 12:12 PM

He shoooooots he scoressssssssssssssss! Nice

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#8 posted 04-07-2010 03:15 PM

Nice score, Beautiful Graining on the wood !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#9 posted 04-07-2010 08:49 PM

Bubinga is also known as African Rosewood . I’ve seen Bubinga in many different color ranges and grain patterns.
I have some Honduran Rosewood in rough cut blanks 1.25 and 1.5×1.5 …every one that I’ve dressed so far has had its own unique colors and grain. I was told that these were originally cut as pool cue blanks , although they range in size from 12” to 24”. Let us know what the University says it might be : )

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 12:05 PM

Do I detect some wooden body planes in your future?

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#11 posted 07-10-2010 10:17 PM

Any luck yet with the wood ID ?

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#12 posted 09-27-2013 01:18 PM

To me it looks like Honduran Rosewood.

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#13 posted 09-27-2013 01:23 PM

Possibly East Indian Rosewood. I have used lots of it and it has kind of a purple hue when planed.

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