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Raftermonkey

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01-21-2011 06:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource ebony wated to buy

Hello all, I have a project I am about to get started on and I need about five pieces of scrap ebony around five inches long and one inch square. Does anybody have any solid black ebony scraps laying around that you don’t see yourself using?

Thanks,

Zeke

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


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#1 posted 01-21-2011 06:39 PM

In the world of ebony, something that is 5” long and 1” square is not a scrap.

Here is a reasonably priced (IMO) source for gabon ebony. They also have some of the other types of ebony.

http://www.exoticwoodgroup.com/order_Gabon_ebony.htm

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

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 06:57 PM

You could always just stain a cheaper wood for the effect.

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 07:14 PM

Hello Dear, I have Lot of Ebony, I can send you FOC bases

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#4 posted 01-23-2011 06:00 AM

What is “FOC bases”? How does one buy from mahadevwood?

-- Praki, Aspiring Woodworker

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Raftermonkey

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#5 posted 01-23-2011 06:27 AM

Praki, I don’t know what that means either. I sent mahadevwood a private message but he hasn’t responded.

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

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#6 posted 01-23-2011 03:21 PM

I wanted to use ebony on a project a while back. I thought, like you, that what I needed would have been basically scraps in someone else’s shop. After doing some research though, I decided that Minwax ebony stain was the way to go for me. I could buy several gallons of the stain for what it would have cost me to buy enough genuine ebony. I wound up using oak. It took several appications to get it as dark as I wanted it (solid black, but still able to see grain), but it was worth it. One lady that seen it commented that she loved the look of the ebony but that it was a shame that I wasted such a lovely wood on a picture frame. Since she was only commenting on a picture frame I made my wife, I didn’t bother telling her it wasn’t real ebony.

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#7 posted 01-23-2011 08:43 PM

FOC=free of charge? (Well you can hope, right)

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#8 posted 01-23-2011 10:07 PM

Hi All -

When the topic of ebony came up, I couldn’t resist telling the following story:

Back in November, my wife and I took a trip to South Africa. Always wanting to see how the other woodworkers live, I decided to visit a local lumber supply house in Cape Town called Rare Woods.

What they had was fairly exotic, but ‘local’ to them. Although nothing we can’t get here. Except for the antique factory beam made from Gabon ebony. Yup, an old wooden beam about 10” x 12” x 22’ long. I almost wet myself. They were asking $12,000 US. It looked like it had been sitting around for some time. If there was any way in he!! I could have stuffed that in my carry-on, my life would have been complete. What I found distressing was how my wife thought I was nuts to get excited over some dusty, old wooden beam.

As fellow woodworkers, I’m certain many of you would have felt the same seeing this poor, old ebony beam just lying on the factory floor collecting dust. Did I mention it was JET-BLACK???

Anyone want to go in half-sies with me???
Larry

-- Larry, formerly of East Greenwich, RI - "Rhode Island's Oldest Home": http://www.circa1679.com

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 12:37 AM

I bought a small chunk of ebony recently (2×2x5in) from Rockler Woodworking supply (rockler.com) for not that much money…around $10 I think.
(must get 5 posts to email….. ;) 3 to go)

-- The key to flexibility is indecision

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 12:41 AM

Rockler retail store, that is. Went to the store in Ontario, CA. Had all kinds of small pieces in various sizes. If you don’t need much it seemed the way to go for me. Just making small accent inserts for Mission style furniture I am making.
(2 to go)

-- The key to flexibility is indecision

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 01:06 AM

Na, I’m not that lucky. All we’ve got here is a Lowes, (sigh).

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

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#12 posted 02-05-2011 08:05 AM

Check ebay. Once in a while you’ll find a deal. Wood is probably going cheaper with the economy in the toilet.

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

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 08:53 AM

Yep, you can buy good ebony from rockler website, I got some for a cigar box guitar fretboard I’ll build as soon as I get a matching box:)

-- Learning one thing at a time

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 09:11 AM

I just remembered a piano repair guy who was selling ebony and ivory on ebay a couple of years ago. Pieces might be too small???

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

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#15 posted 02-05-2011 05:36 PM

Check Griffin Exotics.

They’ve got some Jumbo pen blanks that are 7/8”x5-6” at $3/each, as well as some 1”x1”x12” A-grade for $6.90 that you could cut in half, and 2-grades above that.

I have not personally dealt with the, but have heard many good things about them from other LJs.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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