LumberJocks

Macassar Ebony.... Ugh!

  • Advertise with us
Project by Chris posted 2450 days ago 1687 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone has told me how bad turning Rosewood or Cocobola is for you. I think Ebony is nearly as bad; while this bowl turned out well I found the fumes/dust from it to be down right noxious and the wood to be very brittle when thin.

On the plus side boy howdy does it shine up well; It was nearly this shiny before I applied the finish. It also seems to have an iridescent quality to it. I’ll try again after I get a respirator.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein





12 comments so far

View TomFran's profile

TomFran

2940 posts in 2597 days


#1 posted 2450 days ago

Beautiful work and wood. You have hit the pavement running with this lathe work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3808 posts in 2625 days


#2 posted 2450 days ago

Hi Chris:
Nice piece and that ebony is particularly stubborn when it comes to forming.
You can smell the jungle it came from and that aint to good but it dow shine up nicely.
I use bits of it for accents .
I have 3 or 4 short logs here and no will to make a projct with it as yet.
By all means get a decnet dust hood with these exotics.
Little is known about their toxicity and that’s a good reason to take care.

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View Kerux's profile

Kerux

812 posts in 2487 days


#3 posted 2450 days ago

The bowl looks great. Next time use a filter mask.

-- http://caledoniachurchofchrist.yolasite.com/

View Chris 's profile

Chris

1867 posts in 2594 days


#4 posted 2450 days ago

Amen Brother!!!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4435 posts in 2566 days


#5 posted 2450 days ago

Nice

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View mot's profile

mot

4911 posts in 2640 days


#6 posted 2450 days ago

It came out nice. I’ve only turned a bit of it and it turned the shop black with dust. It left me thinking, “this can’t be good.” It does shine up nice, though!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

View Andy's profile

Andy

1535 posts in 2511 days


#7 posted 2449 days ago

I like this…simple, but very pretty wood and design.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

View cajunpen's profile

cajunpen

14364 posts in 2669 days


#8 posted 2448 days ago

Beautiful bowl. Sounds like working outdoors would be a good idea with that wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

View Rj's profile

Rj

1047 posts in 2234 days


#9 posted 2222 days ago

You do really beautiful work !

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

View gizmodyne's profile

gizmodyne

1763 posts in 2693 days


#10 posted 2222 days ago

Pretty.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

3961 posts in 2667 days


#11 posted 2222 days ago

I’ve never been enamored of that smell, but You have made a beautiful thing from it.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View Napaman's profile

Napaman

5318 posts in 2680 days


#12 posted 2222 days ago

turned out great! (get it)...what a great result…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase