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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 10-15-2010 03:33 PM 1487 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-15-2010 03:33 PM

I am currently hanging out on the central coast on the Peoples Republik of Kalifornia for the next few days. While here I thought I would seek out some different and maybe unusual lumber for a few projects I have in the back of my head. Now my wife think I already have enough wood and projects to keep me busy for the next 10 years. So. I told her to stop buying shoes until I get them all finished and I wont buy anymore lumber. As you can see from the pics below I think we can figure out who won this round. The wood below is Tornillo, its from Peru and has what appears to me a lot in common with mahogany. It is nice and straight grained and from what I was told works well and finishes nicely. The company I bought from had a 4” thick piece of Tornillo as his counter top at the register finished in oil, and I must say it was beautiful. I cant wait to get it home and just hand plane a small surface to see what it will look like.

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#1 posted 10-15-2010 03:46 PM

Hi Ken,

That favor mahogany, what type of project were you thinking about for it.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 10-15-2010 04:04 PM

Jerry….The board I bought is 12/4, 9.5 inches wide and 72 inches long. I thinking I will re-saw it and make door panels and drawer fronts on a couple of night stands. I will buy some more material and use them as panels on a headboard and foot board of a new bed I want to build. The frame of the nightstands and bed will be from black walnut.

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#3 posted 10-15-2010 05:20 PM

Hey Ken,
It seems to have a bit more grain than Mahogany. I’ll bet it will stand out with the walnut. Congratulations on winning the argument with your wife. Enjoy the moment. These don’t come around that often. lol Rand

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#4 posted 10-15-2010 06:01 PM

At first glance I thought it looked like Spanish Cedar. Well….it is in the same family, all of which are related to mahogany.

Tornillo—Specie Latin: Cedrelinga catenaeformis – found by googleing it.

Wiki says this—

Cedrela is a genus of seven species[citation needed] in the mahogany family Meliaceae. They are evergreen or dry-season deciduous trees with pinnate leaves, native to the tropical and subtropical New World, from southern Mexico south to northern Argentina. The name is derived from a diminutive form of Cedrus (cedar).

Cedrela odorata is a very important timber tree, producing a lightweight fragrant wood with very good resistance to termites and other wood-boring insects, and also rot-resistant outdoors. The wood is often sold under the name ”Spanish-cedar” (like many trade names, confusing as it is neither Spanish nor a cedar)

In any case, I think you’re going to like working with it and it will looks beautiful. How much did you pay, BF wise, if you don’t mind me asking?

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#5 posted 10-15-2010 07:38 PM

I would say it is definitely something in the same family as mahogany. Maybe monogamy? :-)

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#6 posted 10-15-2010 10:25 PM

Childress….The price isn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. For 8/4 stock and larger….$8BF. 4/4…..$6BF

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#7 posted 10-16-2010 05:55 AM

Charlie, do yoiu think in might be Kalifornicus Monogamis?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 10-16-2010 06:17 AM

Is there any monogamis still left in Kalifornia?

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