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04-16-2017 01:39 AM

Topic tags/keywords: special lumber using the best how to

Often in a project i have to resist using my best and most rare wood in favor of using my more vanilla lumber. I’ll use a special piece for a small focal point but I have trouble breaking into my large stash of pomelle sapelle koa Madagascar rosewood etc. What techniques do you guys use to plow forward with the best materials you got ?

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple) It's time to move past cultural Marxism. 120 million bodies is more than enough to learn that lesson .


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#1 posted 04-16-2017 01:48 AM

When you want something special, you use your special wood…

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#2 posted 04-16-2017 02:04 AM

Only if it’s really special.

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#3 posted 04-16-2017 02:22 AM

Just start to think about your wife or kids selling it for $20 at a yard sale. ;)

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#4 posted 04-16-2017 02:55 AM

Lol all very good points. I’m fortunate enough to have 12 to 1500 bd ft of Madagascar rosewood in varting thicknesses some really rare slabs of completely clear highly figured bastogne walnut. A flitch of 11 boards that are defect free and packed of birdseye. Tons of claro walnut. Pomelle sapelle. It’s hard to part with because I get the largest widest boards and it’s hard to chop them up. And believe me. My wife’s spent enough time haggling in airplane hangers full of 25 year old curly teak and genuine mahogany to know the value lol !

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple) It's time to move past cultural Marxism. 120 million bodies is more than enough to learn that lesson .

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#5 posted 04-16-2017 03:07 AM

All that great wood sounds wonderful, but it is 100% worthless if you don’t use it or sell it. Ain’t worth nothing just sitten there!

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#6 posted 04-16-2017 03:13 AM

I feel the same way about my “common” wood. Where the hell am I going to use this boring piece of walnut? Haha I’m kinda kidding.

For the special wood… I just use it and order more. Don’t hold onto things. Set them free! Nature spent all that time making it beautiful. It’d be a shame to live buried in your woodpile!

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#7 posted 04-16-2017 03:15 AM

I’m relatively new to woodworking and only recently made decision to only use good hardwoods unless the project needs plywood.

I’m a hobbyist, and the little time I spend on woodworking I want to have the best results possible, so I recently switched to only using better materials.

My time is worth more than the materials to me.

You seem allot more serious into this than me, but that is how I feel now.

Obviously, there is a point where this makes no sense to use the absolute best, and that’s totally a personal feeling. I’m making an outdoor table, going to be using Cypress instead of Teak, just didn’t want to go and spend over $1000 more on lumber for a simple table for my yard.

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#8 posted 04-16-2017 05:05 AM

I have had the same problem with “special” veneer but I finally realized that I need to use it or there was no sense in buying it …... and I’m not getting any younger. Since I made that decision my work has shown a marked improvement.
My technique isn’t any better, but the product definitely is.

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#9 posted 04-16-2017 05:06 AM

Double post

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#10 posted 04-16-2017 10:29 AM


I m fortunate enough to have 12 to 1500 bd ft of Madagascar rosewood
- tcarswell

Wow…..You’re sitting on a goldmine.

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#11 posted 04-16-2017 02:59 PM

Use it … we’re all running out of time. Plus it looks a lot better in a project then in the rack.

tcarswell- Please post your stock price list :)

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#12 posted 04-16-2017 07:15 PM

why the heck do you have all that nice wood and not use it?

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#13 posted 04-16-2017 07:52 PM



Just start to think about your wife or kids selling it for $20 at a yard sale. ;)

- chrisstef

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#14 posted 04-16-2017 09:36 PM

You are not going to live forever, use it. After you are gone your relatives will probably use it for firewood.

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#15 posted 04-17-2017 02:54 AM

I’m only 30 there’s. A vid on youtube of my lumber collection I made it for woodtalkonline.com before I quit there I can link it if you guys want. I should do a new one I just got a hanger from the 80s full of exotics and honduran mahogany. Plus some exotics I can’t identify. I realize I can’t take it With me but I worry I will find a better project for the super special stuff after I use it. The rosewood is a funny story. I bought a larger log. Had it milled in 12 and 8 and 4 quarter then had it proffesionally kiln dried. I’ve only thus far made a beer caddy a dovetail box and my friend made an awesome caddy tray for his wife with it.

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple) It's time to move past cultural Marxism. 120 million bodies is more than enough to learn that lesson .

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