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A little Purpleheart and Silky Oak(Lacewood)

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Project by robert triplett posted 10-29-2010 01:39 AM 3465 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this piece of lacewood-Silky Oak to those down under- at Almquist lumber in Arcata,CA. I was amazed by the look of the grain. It reminds me of polywog tails. I thought it would go well with some Purpleheart DeGoose is always going on about needing a little Purple and this works! This wood was next to some FishTail Oak and I had to ask the lumber guy if it was mislabeled. The grain kind of looks like fishtails. John Ormsby in Sacramento looked at some pictures and said it one of the 3 kinds of Lacewood, the less dense kind. He showed me pictures of a KITCHEN he did in Lacewood, so I think he knows!!
Thanks for looking. Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!





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blackcherry

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 01:46 AM

Fabulous looking wood Robert, I like the design top of this box with the accented spline…thanks for showing…BC

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 01:47 AM

Beautiful wood…. and well executed… especially with the purple heart.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 02:24 AM

Very nice!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 02:57 AM

NIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIICE! I love it!
Those woods do look very good together.
If it was up to my daughter everything would be made out of Purpleheart.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 03:01 AM

Great Lookin Box

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 03:58 AM

Wow. Nice work.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 04:15 AM

That is some nice wood!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#8 posted 10-29-2010 04:55 AM

Very nice. I always liked the look of lacewood. How did you find the lacewood to work with? any tear out or finishing problems?

-- Tom T, Orange County CA.

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ShopTinker

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#9 posted 10-29-2010 05:05 AM

That’s a beautiful piece. I’ve really like the contrast. Very nice work.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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robert triplett

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#10 posted 10-29-2010 06:13 AM

Tom, no tear out, but I don’t plane it. I have a drum sander. Lots of splinters at first. It takes Danish oil well. the harder type of lacewood has more chance of oil seeping back out. I rub it down as it dries. I like to work with it. My Delta bandsaw cuts it easily and it sands well. Lots of variation in the grain. Routing can be a problem if the bit is not sharp.
robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#11 posted 10-29-2010 06:47 AM

I just love the lacewood/ silky oak… and the mix with purple heart works overtime… I am in the process of making a new box with Silky Oak frame and Queensland Red Cedar panels…sorry no PH..
LOL

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

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#12 posted 10-29-2010 06:48 AM

love the wood choices, good job.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (http://www.justsquareenough.com/)

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#13 posted 10-29-2010 09:40 PM

Got to love the wood, great job

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#14 posted 10-30-2010 04:24 PM

Mmmmm. Nice combo of woods. Giving me ideas…

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