|Forum topic by live4ever||posted 12-30-2010 02:18 AM||1722 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
12-30-2010 02:18 AM
I recently purchased and worked with lyptus for the first time. For those that don’t know, lyptus is a close-grained, hard (janka ~1700) species that is a cross between two types of Eucalyptus. It’s grown on plantations in Brazil, so it’s actually a sustainable resource compared to many of the exotics we woodworkers enjoy using. Trees are ready to be harvested in as little as 15 years, apparently. It is largely being marketed as a mahogany substitute.
Of course, every silver cloud has a dark lining and in this case there are some rumblings that one of the companies that manage the plantations has not been so good to the local peoples. But that’s about the extent of the downside with lyptus as far as I can tell.
It machines and finishes really well. My boards had a beautiful salmon pink color and a grain pattern somewhere in between maple and mahogany (non-ribbon). I really enjoyed working with it – it was used in several end-grain cutting boards I made for Christmas. In my neck of the woods, it costs a bit less than African Mahogany, coming in at about $5/bdft S2S.
If you haven’t worked with it before, see if you can get your hands on some. It’s a nice wood to work with and it made me feel just a bit more eco-friendly…
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