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Wood #1: Tambuti Wood "Spirostachys africana"

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Spirostachys africana is a medium-sized (about 30 ft tall) deciduous tree with a straight clear trunk found in the warmer parts of Southern Africa. Its wood is known as tamboti, tambotie, tambootie or tambuti.

It prefers growing in single-species often along watercourses or on brackish flats and sandy soils.

Despite its being prone to heart-rot, it is prized in the furniture industry for its beautiful, dense and durable timber, which is reddish-brown with darker streaks, a satin-like lustre and extremely fragrant sweet, spicy smell. The oily timber exudes a white, poisonous latex when freshly cut

I got a piece of Tambuti that I had for a while in the garage. One of my friend come over to cut some supporting leg for his bed and I decided the rip a piece of the Tambuti into boards. I just used the table saw since the blade could be raised High enough to cut all the way thru the wood.

I only did half of the peace and want to do the rest on the band saw. I Have a Re-saw King blase that is suppose to be very smooth. I want to attempt the Coat Rack that Steve made from http://www.woodworkingformeremortals.com/

I think it wood make a nice addition to the house if I’m successful in this project.

There more pictures on my website.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com



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#1 posted 1042 days ago

For some reason the images I try to upload does not show up, anyhow it is on my website also. I think they are to big…

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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#2 posted 1041 days ago

One word of caution about Tambuti. Many years ago, as part of my school woodwork theory, I was taught that Tambuti contains a toxin. This is generally released when burnt, but we were advised to always work with Tambuti in well ventilated areas, and then with dust masks, or with full respirators

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 1041 days ago

Thanks for the advice, I’m aware of the toxicity of the wood. I think it one of the few woods that need to be treated with respect.

-- Mo... For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind. ~ "Eleanor Everet" - www.thiswoodshop.com

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