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TaySC

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09-06-2017 02:22 PM

Just curious where most people get wood from that isn’t from their respective area.

Any of you ever order from any online stores?

http://www.bellforestproducts.com/purpleheart/

I was looking at ordering a few unique woods from the above store to make a jewelry box.

My second question is, if I use purpleheart for the splines, what would be the best light colored wood for the actual box? Or am I best with going with something more common, like oak?


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abie

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#1 posted 09-06-2017 02:25 PM

I’ve used this source
Very good response and nicely packaged
My friends use a place in Arizona, I can’t remember the name
I am in N California

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 09-06-2017 02:48 PM

For jewelry box sized pieces, I’ve had good luck with the smaller boards from Woodcraft. Look for the clearance/sale items and the free shipping deals. Of course nothing compares to shopping in person, or at least seeing a photo of the actual board (Cooks is good for this). Don’t forget ebay either.

Another consideration is veneer. Box sized pieces are easy with only a few flat caul boards and some clamps. You can get exotic veneer assortments in the smaller sizes rather inexpensively.

https://www.veneersupplies.com often has sample packs of veneers for around $100 that have about 200 feet of all sorts of goodies. I bought one and wish I had got more last time they had them, cocobola, ebony, burls, zebrabood, lots of nummies! I got about a foot of cocobola included that typically goes for $30/ft.

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HorizontalMike

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#3 posted 09-06-2017 04:33 PM

I have purchased East India Rosewood from these folks, via eBay. Products seem to be good+. It appears that they tend to supply Luthiers for making guitars and such.

http://www.getexoticwood.com/

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 09-06-2017 04:56 PM

Steve Wall Lumber

They sell domestic Hardwoods.

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TaySC

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#5 posted 09-06-2017 06:26 PM

So many choices on exotic lumber out there.

Anyone have any suggestions on which to try? Some are obviously out of my price range, but there are a ton of reasonable choices for a jewelry/keepsake box.

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#6 posted 09-06-2017 06:43 PM



So many choices on exotic lumber out there.

Anyone have any suggestions on which to try? Some are obviously out of my price range, but there are a ton of reasonable choices for a jewelry/keepsake box.
- TaySC

Hate to sound too obvious, but have checked out your local WC? There I have found mostly turning stock and cutting board “kits”. However, seasonally I did manage to pick up some Claro-Walnut there on two different occasions. Definitely enough for small boxes. They also have a selection of veneers to choose from. IMO, it is worth actually checking out the veneer packs before buying, just to be sure you find exactly what you want at the time. The way I understand my local WC is that much of their “exotic” woods are offered on consignment from local suppliers, so those prices are fixed and not negotiable.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/293634

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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TaySC

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#7 posted 09-06-2017 08:11 PM



For jewelry box sized pieces, I ve had good luck with the smaller boards from Woodcraft. Look for the clearance/sale items and the free shipping deals. Of course nothing compares to shopping in person, or at least seeing a photo of the actual board (Cooks is good for this). Don t forget ebay either.

Another consideration is veneer. Box sized pieces are easy with only a few flat caul boards and some clamps. You can get exotic veneer assortments in the smaller sizes rather inexpensively.

https://www.veneersupplies.com often has sample packs of veneers for around $100 that have about 200 feet of all sorts of goodies. I bought one and wish I had got more last time they had them, cocobola, ebony, burls, zebrabood, lots of nummies! I got about a foot of cocobola included that typically goes for $30/ft.

- splintergroup

Help me understand this….. so if you order a pack of veneer (like in the below link), you get the veneer and rhen have to glue them to your own plywood or whatever?

https://www.veneersupplies.com/products/Cherry-Veneer-60-Square-Feet-Veneer-Lot.html

That’s probably a stupid question, but I’ve enever worked with veneers before, let alone ordered them from online.

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#8 posted 09-06-2017 08:21 PM

Yes Tay, the veneer is real wood that is about a 16th of an inch thick. You build your project out of cheaper wood like pine or poplar and cover with the veneer. Personally I prefer to use solid wood and the above link for Steve Wall lumber is where I get most of my better and exotic woods from. Great selection and prices are not to bad even with shipping. For a project, you can call them and tell them the size pieces you need and they will make sure you get what you want. I needed a hundred board ft. of Birdseye maple for a project that was 68” long and they sent me boards that were all between 69 -71” in length. Got all I needed without hardly any waste.

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#9 posted 09-06-2017 08:21 PM

dont bother with purple heart. It will eventually turn brown. Use dyes and dye wood purple. It will stay purple.

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#10 posted 09-06-2017 08:24 PM



dont bother with purple heart. It will eventually turn brown. Use dyes and dye wood purple. It will stay purple.

- freddycougar


Freddy, Purple heart will stay bright purple forever. You have to keep it out of direct sunlight and away from any heat source. It will turn brown just from sanding it, but returns to purple in a couple days. Don’t apply finish while it is brown, wait for it to turn back then finish the piece.

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TaySC

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#11 posted 09-06-2017 08:43 PM



Hate to sound too obvious, but have checked out your local WC? There I have found mostly turning stock and cutting board “kits”. However, seasonally I did manage to pick up some Claro-Walnut there on two different occasions. Definitely enough for small boxes. They also have a selection of veneers to choose from. IMO, it is worth actually checking out the veneer packs before buying, just to be sure you find exactly what you want at the time. The way I understand my local WC is that much of their “exotic” woods are offered on consignment from local suppliers, so those prices are fixed and not negotiable.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/293634

- HorizontalMike

Awesome box Mike!

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DS

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#12 posted 09-06-2017 08:51 PM

TaySC,
Veneer Supplies has a link to Joe Woodworker dot com . They are both wonderful resources if you are considering learning to veneer.
I bought some parts from them and built my own vacuum press and it turned out pretty good. I make my own bags ‘cuz the same vinyl (only thinner) can be had at most fabric stores for a fraction of the money. (I consider them nearly disposable at that price point)

FYI, I use double sided foam tape from the big box store to close my bags. faster, easier, more reliable and cheaper than the cement Joe recommends. I just cut the bag open and the bag is 2” shorter the next time. (Disposable, remember?)

Veneer is a whole new world of woodworking. Have fun!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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TaySC

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#13 posted 09-06-2017 10:29 PM



TaySC,
Veneer Supplies has a link to Joe Woodworker dot com . They are both wonderful resources if you are considering learning to veneer.
I bought some parts from them and built my own vacuum press and it turned out pretty good. I make my own bags cuz the same vinyl (only thinner) can be had at most fabric stores for a fraction of the money. (I consider them nearly disposable at that price point)

FYI, I use double sided foam tape from the big box store to close my bags. faster, easier, more reliable and cheaper than the cement Joe recommends. I just cut the bag open and the bag is 2” shorter the next time. (Disposable, remember?)

Veneer is a whole new world of woodworking. Have fun!

- DS

My head is already spinning from reading some on JoeWoodworker.com and watching a few videos on YouTube.

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DS

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#14 posted 09-06-2017 10:51 PM

If you really want to spin your head, check out some of LJ Shipwright's projects.

He does marquetry with veneers on a French Chevalet. Makes my head spin too.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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TaySC

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#15 posted 09-06-2017 11:34 PM

The thing that I am loving about the Bell Forest website is that you can put in the exact deminsions you need in a board and it shows all that meet those specifications AND then you can see/pick the exact board you want.

Not sure what I would use it for, but I wanted to buy this board just because….

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