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07-22-2015 05:58 PM

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Hi Everyone,
I have been looking at bloodwood lumber and it all seems to be medium brown in color. I have yet to find any that is the vibrant red color that I see in finished projects. Does it have to be treated a certain way to get the deep red color or have I just not seen good bloodwood lumber yet?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 07-22-2015 06:41 PM

Bloodwood will darken over time. If you plane/sand it it will brighten up and then you can do your best to slow the color change with UV protecting finish, but it will darken with light exposure.

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 07:15 PM

There’s more that one variety/species of bloodwood so the first thing is make sure what you’re looking at is of the ” BROSIMUM RUBESCENS species. The good blood is getting hard to find in the USA. From what I understand China is and has been buying up most of the “good stuff” for sometime now.

I built a bloodwood kitchen (it’s in my project gallery if you care to look,http://lumberjocks.com/projects/60950) back in 2011 but had bought the the bloodwood in 2008 and let it sit in my shop for 3 years before I started the build. When I did start the build I started the hunt for a couple sheet of bloowood plywood. In that search I talked to Keith Stephens the Owner and President of Woodworkers Source. Below is an email I receive from Keith.

_I know of no one that has bloodwood plywood. I could have it layed up for you or you could buy veneer and lay it on MDF, Baltic Birch or any other substrate. I will check on the veneer tomorrow. A word of caution…the deep red Bloodwood is becoming very hard to source. Most Bloodwood coming to the US now has the golden yellow tone.
It would be easier to communicate directly rather than through this forum. Please reply to keith@woodworkerssource.com.

Keith

I used no special finishing process finishing my kitchen, I use Target Coating EM2000 a so called waterborne varnish.

At the time I paid 10 dollars a board ft. If you can find it now it’s going to be double that.
I think you best bet is to call someone like Hearne’s Hardwoods in PA and talk to them.

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#3 posted 07-22-2015 07:30 PM

Please tell me/us your intended use for bloodwood lumber.

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 07:32 PM



Please tell me/us your intended use for bloodwood lumber.

- AlaskaGuy

I was planning to pair it with maple, cherry, and walnut to make some serving boards.

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 07:46 PM

Please tell me/us your intended use for bloodwood lumber.

- AlaskaGuy

I was planning to pair it with maple, cherry, and walnut to make some serving boards.

- Trucker The reason I ask is I’ve come up with a look alike bloodwood but it requiers staining and a topcoat. I don’t know if that would work for your serving trays.

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 07:50 PM

You could just get some pig’s blood from the butcher and soak pine in it to get the same look, wouldn’t be durable nor would it hold the color long term.

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 08:09 PM

I bought a few small (28* x 2.5” x 4”) pieces of bloodwood a few months ago from a local who was selling off the stock left by a family member who is no longer able to do woodworking. They were much cheaper than some I’ve seen but had significant cracks. Back in June he sent me an email asking if I wanted more of it.

Also, there is [was] an ebay seller that sells[sold] 400 bf bundles of bloodwood for a reasonable price if you want that much of it.

-Paul

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 08:10 PM

Here’s another post from Keith Stephens the Owner and President of Woodworkers Source from back when I was doing the kitchen. Scroll down the page to the picture he posted.

http://community.woodmagazine.com/t5/General-Woodworking/PIP-Blood-Wood-Drawer-Fronts/td-p/133998/highlight/true/page/2

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 08:17 PM

http://www.hearnehardwoods.com/hardwoods/exotic_hardwoods/exotic_wood/bloodwood_lumber/bloodwood_wood.html

How much you need and what is the finished thickness and widths and lengths.

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#10 posted 07-22-2015 08:54 PM

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#11 posted 07-23-2015 12:08 AM

Jatoba can be VERY red and holds its color well. And should be a lot cheaper. Just my thoughts.

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 02:07 AM



I bought a few small (28* x 2.5” x 4”) pieces of bloodwood a few months ago from a local who was selling off the stock left by a family member who is no longer able to do woodworking. They were much cheaper than some I ve seen but had significant cracks. Back in June he sent me an email asking if I wanted more of it.

Also, there is [was] an ebay seller that sells[sold] 400 bf bundles of bloodwood for a reasonable price if you want that much of it.

-Paul

- Ocelot

I bought a cheap 4” planer off from same guy tells me great quality blood wood ….btw not too happy with the planer

Bill

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#13 posted 07-23-2015 02:15 AM

If you are just going to be doing serving boards, get some bloodwood flooring. A lot of the nice exotics are getting used for flooring anymore. I have a few pieces of flooring and it is beautifully colored.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#14 posted 07-23-2015 02:38 PM


I bought a few small (28* x 2.5” x 4”) pieces of bloodwood a few months ago from a local ..

Also, there is [was] an ebay seller that sells[sold] 400 bf bundles of bloodwood …

- Ocelot

I bought a cheap 4” planer off from same guy tells me great quality blood wood ….btw not too happy with the planer

Bill

- bibleboy3

Which same guy you talkin’ ‘bout? The “local” or the ebay seller?

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#15 posted 07-23-2015 05:47 PM

A word of caution about bloodwood and planer blades.

I have a Felder J/P. It’s a 4 knife setup. The knifes are somewhat like the a lot of the bench top planers. They are double side so when one side get dull you flip them over.

Having a J/p means you’re use the same knifes for both jointing and planing. I process about 400 board feet of lumber for my kitchen. I went through 4 sets of planer knifes. The bloodwood eat blades pretty fast.

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