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Blog entry by sandhill posted 11-19-2008 11:07 PM 1816 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While in transit back to Florida from NY I stopped in Maryland at an Exotic Lumber supplier and I thought I would share my treasured find. I bought some Purple Heart and Walnut for a few gift projects but while searching through other stacks of lumber I came upon 3 boards I found absolutely stunning! I don’t have a specific use for them but could not pass up the chance to buy them. Here is a photo of what I found ”Quilted Makore”

I can’t seem to settle on a project so it will sit until I can make up my mind or someone makes a suggestion to point me to a decision. My first idea is to use it as an in-lay boarder on a dining room table about 4 inches in using Tiger Maple as the boarder and apron. A friend suggested to cut it up and sell it as pen blanks which I thought a bad idea.
When I make a final choice of what to use it in I will post the project and its progress here as parts of a series so off to brainstorming on what to make.

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#1 posted 11-19-2008 11:22 PM

No cutting boards, pen blanks or anything that would take away form the overall look of the grain please. What are the size of these beautiful pieces of wood? I recently came across a nice board ( water fall bubinga) at my local exotic wood store and got it for the price of the average Starbucks coffee… still have no idea what I am going to do with it but I have it!! Let the wood speak to you, take your time. Enjoy.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 12:34 AM

i think pen blanks could end up coming from cut-offs. When you get nice larger pieces, you should build nice larger pieces. I have to agree with the earlier comment. Wait and something will come to you.

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 01:36 AM

I agree with both ideas. Wood Wisperer talk to me…
The sizes are
2” x 7 1/2” x 8’
2” x 5” x 8’
2” x 6 3/4” x 8’

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 01:59 AM

This is a no brainer in my opinion.
I would turn this into the lid and full overlay drawer fronts for a really cool jewelry box.
Jewelry boxes are great because you can use all of your skills with a small amount of very special wood to create great pieces.
Check out my projects for a couple of ideas.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need

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#5 posted 11-20-2008 02:08 AM

Could you pass on the name/location of the supplier?

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 11-20-2008 03:04 AM

They have a good large selection and what I saw when I went through the facility I noticed they do a lot of shipping as well so I asked what it cost to ship to Florida it was about $60 for the 3 8’ boards so I saved that much by bringing it with me. What you see in the photos looks good but I was impressed by how much better the wood looked in person. Very nice people to.

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 03:05 AM

Jewelry boxes may be what I make with Christmas around the corner

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#8 posted 11-20-2008 03:49 AM

Boxes are a great way to go, but don’t rush it! You’ll find the right project. If it was me, I’d use my band saw and make it go even further by cutting it into veneer for my box projects. Makore is a great wood and works very well. See my boxes with makore lids…

-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#9 posted 11-20-2008 06:02 AM

Drawer fronts or a table top. I’d display the figure in as large of pieces as possible and as someone else suggested sell the scrap as pen blanks…....but maybe you’ll want to make some time in the future. ;-)

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

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#10 posted 11-20-2008 08:11 AM

2 ” thick ? WOW …I hear a bandsaw running somewhere : ) Can you say , table legs , aprons , and top ? Oh My Goodness…and they’re 8’ long to boot ….Congratulations on this wonderful find ! Take your time deciding what to make because wood like this shouldn’t be wasted : ) Keep us posted , please .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-20-2008 08:44 AM

Dusty56 is feeling me. Bandsaw indeed. Split and bookmatch them, in fact flitch saw them into veneers.

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#12 posted 11-20-2008 02:27 PM

This is where I get all of my wood. Wonderful place with some awesome guys running it. I will attach thier website for anyone that might want it.

-- T. Nelson

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#13 posted 11-20-2008 03:55 PM

Nice score. I’ve got a piece of quilted Makore quite a bit like the right-most one if your pic except it’s a tad darker, and it’s been sitting for almost 2 years because I also cant figure out what to make from it. Roughly 8/4×8” x 4’ so I’ll probably have to resaw it to get enough to make something from. Post some pics once you’ve used some. I’d like to see how it looks after finish.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#14 posted 11-20-2008 05:58 PM

A nice humidor would be awesome with a piece of this on top, even as a veneer. The waves and depth of the quilting looks kind of ‘smoky’ to me. Gorgeous wood and sure to be great projects no matter what they become.

As a pen turner… I’d love to see some of this as pens. Like HokieMojo said, you can get some great blanks from the cut-offs. Don’t understimate how much you can showcase a great piece of wood in a nice pen!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#15 posted 11-20-2008 06:30 PM

I do have a stash of Spanish Cedar Some quilted, Maybe a humidor could be used from part if I can sell it being I don’t do stogies flitch saw them into veneers? I know how to slice veneers but what is fitich saw? I have herd the term but never paid attention to it.

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