First for old business from yesterday’s post. I may be the only one here that didn’t know but Wikipedia says
The genus is well-known for its luxury timbers. The best-known timber is bubinga (Guibourtia demeusei, aka kevazingo). Another is ovangkol. Species of Guibourtia also produce Congo copal.
The wood is often used by luthiers for harps and other instruments, such as bass guitars, because of its mellow and well-rounded sound. It has been used in drum shells as well. Drum companies such as Tama offer various high-end drum kits with plies of Bubinga in the shells4.
Bubinga is sometimes used in the production of archery bows, in particular as the main wood of the handle in some flat bows.
Bubinga is also used in furniture making, usually for tables, as large slabs of the dense wood can be cut, and with very little manipulation, be used for a table top.
They are known to produce chalconoids (chalcones), relatives of medically important chemicals called stilbenes, one famous one being resveratrol *
Also I really want to thank everyone for the reads and all the great comments. This really seems to be a nice community.
As I stated in the first post, my interest in journaling is not only to keep track of my progress but also to keep me “on track” with a hobby I have been toying around with for a bit. I’m still in the dimensional lumber phase, cutting, nailing, and gluing. Just looking at all the great projects here is inspiration to hone some skill and be able to proceed to new levels.
As far as staying on track, the first 24 hours have been good. I spent a sleepless night worrying about wanting to post pictures of my great shop. The sleepless part came from not having it yet. Plans on how to redo the shop danced in my head for many hours.
For my first project I will design, organize and build out my little area in the basement. I have found some plans for shelving units and base cabinets. I figure that will force some more experience measuring, cutting, nailing and dare I say joinery. I hope to make a good first pass at a shop.
I also look forward to posting this project as it moves forward, hoping to receive comments. Pros and Cons always welcome – we sometimes learn more from bad decisions than from good ones. Suggestions are always welcome.
The goal for tomorrow, post some “before” pictures of “Manswanna” (My name for an area carved out in a house of 6 – wife, 17y B, 15y G, 13y B, and 5y B)
Back to the day job for now…