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08-07-2010 02:41 PM

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Hey folks, I’ve got a special project that I am wanting to do but I can’t find the wood I need to do it with. I am looking for a block of padauk or bloodwood (or something with a nice reddish or orange tint other than ceder). I need 5” X 5” X 5” or bigger. I am also looking for either birdseye or curly maple of the same dimensions. Can anybody help a young man out? I thought about gluing up several pieces to acheive this size, but I would really like to have one flowing grain.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"


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#1 posted 08-07-2010 02:53 PM

I’m afraid you are going to have a hard time finding something with those dimensions unless you are willing to take a green turning block. It will still be hard to find a green turning block this size, but it may be possible. But green wood may not work for your project.

Something of this dimension is going to have a hard time drying and as it dries cracks are likely.

Be advised that padauk is almost always destined to turn dull and brown as it ages. Bloodwood would be a good option and with bloodwood you can probably get away with gluing something up since the grain is less conspicuous. Bubinga (one of my favorites) would also be a good option.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-07-2010 03:05 PM

Thanks rich. I looked at some bubinga online. I have never worked with it but I would like to. How do you think I should go about gluing them up? Should I get like 4 spindle blanks around 2 1/2” square x 5” or so and glue them up that way or do you think that would cause a weak glue joint?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 08-07-2010 03:08 PM

I love bloodwood. I built a kingsize bed with matching headboard and blanket chest out of the stuff! I agree with rich, I have never seen a piece of bloodwood in any of my sources 5” thick. I think glue-up is in your future :)

But it will glue-up great! The wood is so damn dense with a CLOSE grain, that it will bond forever!! Also, it will retain the deep red color.

I look forward to seeing the project.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#4 posted 08-07-2010 03:26 PM

Either bloodwood or bubinga would glue up well. You could buy 4 spindle pieces like you suggested or 2 bowl blanks that are at least 2.5” thick. I don’t think it matters. 4 spindle pieces may be cheaper. If you are using 4 spindle pieces I would recommend gluing in 2 steps. After you have 2 sets of 2 glued up, make certain you have a smooth flat surface on each face before the final glue up.

Make sure you are getting dry wood.

I don’t think it is necessary, but you could glue up 4 spindles with one set of 2 being vertical and the other set being horizontal. That would, in theory, increase the strength of the bond.

How you glue up is essentially an aesthetic issue.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 08-07-2010 03:30 PM

Thanks guys, glue-up it is.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#6 posted 08-07-2010 03:33 PM

I just gave you some bad advice and on my way to refresh my coffee I realized it.

You really need to glue the wood up so all of the grain is running in the same direction. Otherwise, wood movement could break the bond.

Sorry ‘bout the bad advice in the previous post.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 08-07-2010 03:45 PM

Ok, thanks Rich. I’m pretty excited, I just recieved a message from an extremely generous LJ who has got enough scrap of bloodwood to make this happen. WOOOOHOOOO!!!!!!

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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