Cocobolo Slab - What would you make with this?

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Forum topic by KenBry posted 11-14-2011 08:23 PM 4789 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-14-2011 08:23 PM

My Local exotic wood store has several pieces of Cocobolo slabs. My wife is in Love with this wood. I however lack the creative mind to do something with it. I want to get this for her for Christmas and build something nice. Please give me some ideas.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#1 posted 11-14-2011 08:27 PM

If you have a way of getting it resawn, it would certainly yield a beautiful jewelry box. Otherwise, I’d be tempted to leave it as is, live edge and all, and turn it into a garden bench.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-14-2011 08:29 PM

I’m going to go with…...something beautiful!!! What a wonderful piece. I mean, a benchseat is obvious. It looks like you’ve got enough thickness to resaw and bookmatch something nice like a jewelry cabinet. I have a few large slabs of nice wood and I feel guilty “parting them out”. Like you, I’m trying to find something to honor both the wood and the recipient. Good luck!

edit: Charlie, you posted while I was typing. I wasn’t minimizing your benchseat idea, lol;)

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#3 posted 11-14-2011 08:30 PM

I would make a living room coffee table.

-- One can dream, about a passion not yet fully fulfilled!

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#4 posted 11-14-2011 08:31 PM

Google Nakashima and look at his work with live edge tables and such, go nuts men, you got a great piece there.

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#5 posted 11-14-2011 08:58 PM

That is an awesome piece, take your time and think about it. Dont want to second guess it after you have made a few cuts. It will be a great project, good luck.

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#6 posted 11-14-2011 09:15 PM

A great chunk of Cocobolo. Woodworkers Source?
I think it would look great as a coffee table. Whatever you decide to make will look fantastic…

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#7 posted 11-14-2011 09:16 PM

Do you happen to know the exact length of the piece?

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#8 posted 11-14-2011 09:24 PM

I’m with the coffe table, garden bench, hallway table, leave it as is and build around it crowd.

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#9 posted 11-14-2011 09:51 PM

Please forward so I can show you what to do with it…lol, it a beautiful wood one of the most striking grain flow and color woods on the planet. I think a live edge coffee table or bench would be off the charts…BC

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#10 posted 11-14-2011 09:51 PM

Yes, that’s at Woodworkers Source, It’s to small for a coffee table. Width is 11 inches 36 inches long 5/4

Heck, I am thinking about buying it, resaw it into 1/4” thick pieces and match cut the edges so they can all fit together. (like a veneer) Leaving the live edge on the far left piece and far right piece. Then make a table out of it…. What do you think?

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#11 posted 11-15-2011 02:21 AM

IDEAL hall table. Take the time to fabricate legs and aprons and maybe a drawer. The top doesnt even need to cut, no sir.

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#12 posted 11-15-2011 02:25 AM

Don’t know the dimensions, but I would make a bed headboard out of it. If it can be resawn, I’d make a headboard and footboard.

-- When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”   Theodore Roosevelt

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#13 posted 11-15-2011 02:36 AM

I like the book matched live edge table idea. Make sure you design the legs to have similar character that does not distract from the shape of the table top. I would like to see organic edges on the legs too, just not too hard edged geometric, as the top is organically shaped and the legs should follow suit.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 11-15-2011 08:35 PM

A live edge leg vise for your workbench.

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#15 posted 11-16-2011 09:56 PM

What do you like to build?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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