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Forum topic by joes978 posted 09-04-2015 02:53 AM 585 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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joes978

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09-04-2015 02:53 AM

I am planning on building a chair that looks similar to this. I do not have a lathe or a power mortiser. I plan on using hand tools (spokeshave and chisels) I was wanting to use Bloodwood but after reading up on it I’m not sure it will take nicely to chiseling out mortises or spokeshaving the legs. Should I use Bloodwood, Wenge, or the old standard walnut?


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#1 posted 09-04-2015 05:02 AM

My personal thoughts would be Walnut.

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#2 posted 09-04-2015 05:33 AM

Bloodwood, Wenge walnut has been done to death on that style chair in my opinion.

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#3 posted 09-04-2015 06:05 AM

Joe that’s an real nice looking chair and I agree with Bruce. My only addition would be to include a real high quality leather upholstery, Dark brown.

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#4 posted 09-04-2015 06:07 AM

You know Joe an actual hair on cow hide might work in a certain setting, like a Man Cave poker table..

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#5 posted 09-04-2015 06:44 AM



You know Joe an actual hair on cow hide might work in a certain setting, like a Man Cave poker table..

- BurlyBob

haha

-- Bruce Free Plans http://plans.sawmillvalley.org

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#6 posted 09-04-2015 11:14 AM

My experience with exotic woods is that they are a total nightmare to work with. For that reason, I would say walnut.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#7 posted 09-04-2015 01:17 PM

Keep tools sharp and bloodwood works fine.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#8 posted 09-04-2015 02:21 PM

Two issues with wenge, which I have some experience with—the burning septic splinters and its over-harvesting. Each person needs to figure out whether to buy and use woods that are stressed or endangered. No lecture from me, and I’m hardly innocent anyway.

But walnut is strong enough, dark enough to be in the wenge ballpark, and it’s a joy to work with. So a natural choice from my POV…

(First ever post on LJ)

John

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