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BCurrent

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02-09-2017 05:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: myrtle wood

Hello Fellow Jocks!

Came across an interesting pile of lumber at one of the local shops here in town and when I asked about it, was told it was Myrtle wood. The pile was apparently brought in to be used as flooring, but that didn’t happen so now it’s on the clearance rack. Some of it had some really interesting grain and figuring in it and I think would look really nice with finish on it but I had some questions before I jumped the gun on buying some. First of all, this pile has been cut to 1/2” thick planks, varying from approx. 8” wide to some over 16” wide! There are some saw marks and what looks to be tear-out on some areas of figuring so is that something to watch out for in Myrtle wood? Does it tear out easily? It also seemed to be a pretty hard wood, almost to the point of sounding a little plasticy and I was concerned it would be brittle. Does it take routing and planing ok or do you have to use ‘special’ techniques to avoid issues? Any other insights as to what finish works well on this wood?

Thanks for any and all help!

Bill C.


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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 02-09-2017 05:28 PM

Try getting in touch with a1Jim. He lives not far from the area where Myrtlewood is most common. I was told it only grows in 2 places in the world. The Southern Oregon coast is one. Jim’s not far from there and probably has some experience with it.

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#2 posted 02-09-2017 05:38 PM

I find the Wood Database at http://www.wood-database.com to be a great source of information, especially about less commonly seen woods. I found this statement in the entry for myrtle wood very interesting:

“Per board-foot prices are among the highest for domestic hardwoods.”

Sounds like you may have found a bargain.

-- Ride the bevel!

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LiveEdge

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#3 posted 02-09-2017 08:40 PM

Between the “bargain” and the 16” wide pieces, the odds are higher the wood isn’t actually Myrtle. I live an hour north of Jim and I don’t commonly see Myrtle in our Crosscut store.

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