The Wrath of Cocobolo

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Forum topic by mot posted 09-25-2018 02:52 PM 684 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-25-2018 02:52 PM

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Hi folks,

It’s been a long long time since I posted. I’ve been reading and viewing, with great interest, the topics and projects posted. Great job everyone!

I’ve been away from fine woodworking for several years. Life got in the way and due to a variety of circumstances, my shop got buried in clutter.

This weekend I dug it out and decided to play on the lathe a bit. I dug around in my project box and found a cocobolo wood blank that was already drilled, the tubes inserted and glued, and trimmed. I decided to toss it on the lathe and turned a pretty slimline pen. Most of the turning was done by my son who is 13 now and I lent him my respirator, smock and face shield.

That was the happy part of the story. I forgot how allergic I am to cocobolo. The reason that pen blank was ready to turn was likely due to me not wanting to go through the misery of contact dermatitis, swollen eyes and a general feeling of having rolled around in poison ivy. Well, you guessed it. I’m on day three of my misery looking like Rocky after his first fight with Apollo Creed.

I’d offer about 20 pen blanks of cocobolo to whoever wants them, but I’m not touching the stuff again.

I’m glad everyone is busy in their shops and turning out great projects!



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 03:08 PM

Hi there Mot,

Good to hear from you. Sorry about the reaction to the wood!

Stay well my friend.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 03:12 PM

I’ll send you some gloves you send me some blanks! LoL
Looks like your setup for a purchase for your sons ppe.

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 03:18 PM

I have not tried cocobolo yet, but bubinga and rosewood both make me miserable for 4 or 5 days. Next time I have a project with one I plan on starting an OTC allergy med for a couple days prior to see if it helps.

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 04:30 PM

Do good to hear from you again. Sorry about that cocobolo reaction.
I’ve been doing some workshop archeology myself.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 09-25-2018 04:51 PM

Hey Mot,

Good to hear from you. I hope you get over your allergic reaction and can get back into your woodworking.

Take care!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 09-25-2018 05:32 PM

How unfortunate. My favorite species. I don’t work with it a lot or in great quantities as it’s not exactly cheap, but it turns well and made excellent chess pieces years ago. Walnut is what I have to be careful with. Love it and use it often. I don’t forget protection when using it though.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#7 posted 09-25-2018 07:54 PM

MOT !!!

As soon as I saw the title I thought, “isn’t there a story behind that?”

13??! Wow

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#8 posted 09-25-2018 08:52 PM

Nice to see the usual bunch of bandits respond!


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 09-25-2018 08:54 PM

Yes, Debbie, that little terrorist from my shop is now 13!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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