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Lisa Chan

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11-03-2009 06:25 PM

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My dad dropped this stuff off in my “blank box” and I made a spindle out of it… I love it and want more.

It creates a yellow dust with fine silica (sparkly) bits in it when sanded.

acorn tip spindle

What is it?

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 11-03-2009 06:41 PM

Hard to tell. Do you have pictures of the bark. Any idea where it was harvested(State, at least!).

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#2 posted 11-03-2009 06:47 PM

It came as a 1×1 and looked to be old and beat up, so I don’t have a clue where it came from… I thought that the yellow dust would be a clue. It’s YELLOW… like rust or tumeric.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 11-03-2009 07:35 PM

It almost looks like Sapele. But I don’t think Sapele sands to a yellow dust.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 11-03-2009 07:35 PM

Could be Merbau, a Southeast Asian Hardwood. You can read more about on the link.

-- Thuan

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#5 posted 11-03-2009 08:06 PM

A friend of mine was working with Ipe “Ironwood” and was telling me about how it produced yellow sawdust. It was some leftovers given to him from a decking project.

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#6 posted 11-03-2009 08:20 PM

Some of the ipe I have used had bright yellow sawdust. I am unsure of exactly which of the species in the ipe group it is though.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#7 posted 11-03-2009 08:30 PM

Definitely looks like a type of Ipe, especially with silica in the shavings.

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#8 posted 11-04-2009 02:45 AM

If it will float in water or burn then it’s not IPE, could be Brazilian cherry tho but is almost the same as IPE. Pores look to be too large to be IPE, Maybe african mahogany?

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#9 posted 11-04-2009 04:27 AM

Teak has high silica and light colored dust.

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Lisa Chan

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#10 posted 11-04-2009 04:33 AM

My dad called me out of the blue today and told me that it is Ipe! IRONWOOD. Woo!

I like it a lot and enjoyed working with it. I did notice that my nose ran and a dust mask was a necessity.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#11 posted 11-04-2009 04:36 AM

Lisa is the picture stained??? or am I color blind. I have been working with osage orange lately and it is almost a neon yellow when u first cut/sand it. after it oxidizes it turns to a burnt orange.

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#12 posted 11-04-2009 09:12 AM

It’ll be funny if your dad is a lurker on Lumberjocks. By the way, great looking comic book inspired graphics on your project sheet.

-- Thuan

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