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Forum topic by Jonathan posted 06-18-2010 08:14 PM 1366 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jonathan

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06-18-2010 08:14 PM

I don’t know what I did to deserve this, but I scored some free Bubinga at the lumber supply store this morning!

At least, I think it’s Bubinga? I found two pieces of a reddish, quite dense wood in the scrap bin this morning when I went to buy some wood for two other projects.

I needed to buy some 1×6 Poplar to trim out our garage that I’m in the midst of working on. And that’s before we rebuild our back fence along the alleyway that blew over a few weeks ago!

The other thing I went to buy wood for is a series of projects I’ll be doing over the next week or two to donate to a fundraiser. I am blogging about all of that here: http://lumberjocks.com/JonathanG/blog/16300

I decided to buy some pink lyptus to incorporate into that series of projects. Now that I have established a theme that will really tie all the projects together, as well as really match it up to the Susan G. Komen cause, I’m really excited for these upcoming projects! I was certainly happy to be participating before, but I feel like this really adds depth to the entire thing.

OK, back on-track… I’m walking around the lumber supply store with these pieces in my hand, comparing them to various species of wood. When I first grabbed them out of the bin in the back room, I thought they were maybe padauk. Not vibrant enough on the red scale though. They were a bit more brown when I held them up to the stack of padauk. So I wandered around a bit more, and low and behold, they seemed to be a perfect match next to the Bubinga! Grain, color, and the weight roughly seemed to be the same, although the off-cuts feel a touch denser.

So, now I have 2-pieces of, what I believe to be Bubinga. And they’re both 5/4 thickness! One measures 4-1/8”X17-1/2” and the other measures 4-11/16”X17-1/2”. Now I just have to decide what to do with them. I’m thinking I will use at least one or part of one of them for the auction items. Sort of a “pay it back” thing.

So, maybe a candleholder, or a wine bottle balancer, mixed in with some of the pink lyptus and probably some maple or walnut in between for a bit of contrast?

One of them will definitely be incorporated into an auction item. The other might just sit around for a while, giving me time to think about what to use it for.

What would you do with this, considering the situation?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."


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tyskkvinna

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#1 posted 06-18-2010 08:38 PM

Oh man…bubinga and pink lyptus would be goooooorgeous together.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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#2 posted 06-18-2010 08:39 PM

Yes, right after I typed that out, I ran down to the basement to get an idea of how it would look, and there was more contrast there than I was thinking, so it just might work! I am definitely contemplating it, that’s for sure!

I’ll see if I can’t get a picture up of the (what I think is) Bubinga, so everybody can chime in. I’ll try to get it next to the curly maple so there is a reference point for the color. Most everybody knows what maple looks like, so that might be a good starting point.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 06-18-2010 08:55 PM

Here are a few pictures next to a piece of curly maple as a reference:

bubinga 1

bubinga 2

bubinga 3

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Dark_Lightning

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#4 posted 06-19-2010 02:31 AM

That certainly could be bubinga, from the looks of it. Sadly, when I saw the title, I thought I was going to get some for free…

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#5 posted 06-19-2010 02:59 AM

Kinda looks like mahogany to me

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 01:05 PM

Well Jim, I think you probably nailed this one.

I am sort of pulling an all-nighter, waiting for some paint to dry on the new garage trim I’m going to put up tomorrow. It still needs another coat of paint.

I got bored and decided to take a look at the wood. I was using the saw already, as my wife is away on business, hence the weird hours for this post. Believe me, I’d normally never be down in the basement, turning on power tools in the wee hours of the morning! However, I was already using the saw, doing a little work on the fundraiser projects.

So the wood was just laying there, staring at me. I decided to “mill” it on the tablesaw. “Jointed” it first with numerous passes through the tablesaw. Then “planed” it on the tablesaw. That’s the scary part, turning the board on-edge and then carefully passing it over the blade that’s raised up to “plane” a little over half the board in a pass.

Man, I really need to get a planer!

At any rate, I will have to post some pictures, but the wood is a totally different shade and the grain appears to be one form or other of mahogany, now that it’s cleaned-up.

I did not “mill” the other board as I want to take some pictures for comparison purposes. I might do that here in a little bit if I don’t fall asleep for an hour or two before I have to get back up and get ready for work.

Just wanted to update this thread. I’m pretty sure it’s not Bubinga as I originally thought it might’ve been. Still, free mahogany isn’t too bad either! I’ll certainly keep it and put it to good use. I think it’ll still look pretty mixed in with some pink lyptus. And I’m still going to incorporate part of it into the fundraiser items.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 03:43 PM

Free? I also thought I was going to get some for free. Free- that is my favorite word. BTW, whatever it is, it’s nice wood.

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 08:20 PM

Before leaving for work, I snapped a quick photo of the two pieces next to each other. As you can see, the rough cut piece is at the top, while the one I “milled” this morning on the table saw is on the bottom.

bubinga is mahogany

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 08:34 PM

nice work on the table saw, Johnathan,

It looks more like mahogany than bubinga to me. Not a lot of figure.

Great price no matter what it is. Should make a nice project wood.

-- vicrider

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#10 posted 07-02-2010 04:27 AM

Yeah, that’s mahogany, not Bubinga.

-- Gerry, http://www.thecncwoodworker.com/index.html http://www.jointcam.com

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