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I arrived at the wood store, giftcard in hand and found an amazing piece of Bubinga. I had to have it! Now, what do I do with it? I need help with this one. It measures at 16.5” X 1.75” X 49”. One more thing, this will be my SECOND project.

-- Kevin





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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 05:24 AM

Sent it to the following address ….

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 05:27 AM

wow.. if it were mine, I would cut veneers from it and use it for many things… Otherwise, think of some cool artistic piece like a special box… That wood is a treasure. Please treat it right

-- making sawdust....

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 05:32 AM

with out much work you could sit it on a couple concrete blocks and use it for a coffee table … or you could even more creative !

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Earle Wright

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 05:33 AM

If that particular piece of wood were mine, I’d probably rip it down the center, then resaw each piece and have four pieces roughly sized for the center of hall tables or sofa tables. I’d “frame” each piece, probably with darker wood, and have some striking table tops.

Of course you could hang it on the wall of your shop until inspiration strikes. I’ve had three pieces of cherry (1” x 16” x 13’) that I’ve kept for 25 years. I plan to make a “wake table” from the pieces, but it hasn’t happened yet. Those three pieces were rough-sawn SHELVES in an old electric company. They had rolls of cable stacked on them.

On your shop wall, it can be a good conversation piece, and you can study it a while until you’re really ready to put the tools to it.

-- Earle Wright, Lenoir City, Tennessee

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 06:13 AM

Wow… very nice…

I love Bubinga… I think I’m going to have to agree with motthunter… I’d cut it into veneer and use it for a lot of projects. David Marks made a coffee table with a waterfall bubinga top on it on his “Woodworks” show. It was fantastic. Chest of drawers (all with consecutive grain from the matched veneer), jewelry boxes… all would look great. ... aahhh… did I mention that I reallllly like bubinga… ?... lol We’re all looking forward to your finished project… Good luck!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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John Ormsby

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 08:00 AM

I would not cut it into veneers. One can find very wide Bubinga veneer all ready to go and for a very reasonable price. I have some sheets of waterfall Bubinga that are 26” X 120”. That is a nice piece of solid and can be used for a wide variety of projects. A nice hall table top would be one thing that comes to mind. Use some Ebony accents to pop it out.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 08:05 AM

Save it for something special! It will always be there. Practice on cheaper stuff.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Grumpy

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#8 posted 04-04-2008 09:56 AM

One thing for sure, you will find a use for such a nice piece. I would not hurry into it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 04-04-2008 09:59 AM

Ditto Grumpy and others. Wait for the right project. You will know…

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#10 posted 04-04-2008 11:07 AM

Take your time and wait for the right project to present itself to you. A nice box would be an excellent choice – but I think that I would use it for inset tops and accent pieces, that way you can spread the beauty further.

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

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 04-04-2008 11:08 AM

Take your time and wait for the right project to present itself to you. A nice box would be an excellent choice – but I think that I would use it for inset tops and accent pieces, that way you can spread the beauty further.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 04-04-2008 12:59 PM

Kevin.

This is a gorgeous piece of wood. I can well understand why you just had to buy it. But I agree with the others in that you should just put is aside until later. The right project will eventually come to you.

If I had a piece like that I probably would be working on a box. It would make a gorgeous lid for a keepsake box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 04-04-2008 01:55 PM

Without doing anything to it, I’d use it for a coffee table with simple legs.

Then when you think of a more complex project, it’ll be waiting for you.

This would be much better than setting it on a shelf.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#14 posted 04-04-2008 02:44 PM

I agree with others that suggest waiting for the right project. Magnificent wood figure.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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KevinB

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#15 posted 04-04-2008 02:48 PM

Thank you all for the comments! I will be thinking over all of the ideas today. I am leaning towards the resaw idea, but may end up with is decorating the garage, I mean SHOP wall.

Just in case you all did not know. Rockler has some Waterfall bubinga for sale. Very costly though! $50 a BF. Check out the pictures on there website.

-- Kevin

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