|Forum topic by Jonathan||posted 06-18-2010 08:14 PM||1349 views||0 times favorited||10 replies|
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."