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Forum topic by willie posted 12-15-2011 01:27 AM 2425 views 0 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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willie

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12-15-2011 01:27 AM

I have about 17 bdft of Bolivian Rosewood that has been sitting in my shop for more than 15 years. I had been led to believe, incorrectly, that it was an extinct and valuable wood. After finding out what it really is, I’m not sure what to do with it. It was left over from a job we did at one of the shops I worked at. Beautiful stuff but really hard and hard on tools as well. I haven’t found a project for it in all these years so I thought about selling it or trading it. What is this stuff worth? Most is surfaced 2 sides, some sufaced one side. Beautiful grain patterns and color. If anyone has any interest in this, let me know. Thanks, Willie

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 02:55 AM

Photos?

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 03:22 AM

Sorry, I don’t own a digital camera and don’t know how to post pics if I did. The only other way I could show this is on Skype. I do know how to use that. (just) This is some beautiful wood that deserves better than to be sitting in my shop collecting dust and taking up space. I haven’t tried to sell this anywhere yet. Thought I’d throw it on here and see what you guys think. I figured there would be more people here that know what this is than anywhere else. After checking out some of your workshops I’ve been busy cleaning, organizing, and doing all those projects I have been putting off for years. You guys motivated me to get off my a$$ and get it done. In the process I’m finding all kinds of things I forgot I had. This wood among them.

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WDHLT15

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 03:48 AM

Guitar makers like rosewood for frettboards, backs, etc. Check with the Luthier crowd.

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 05:44 AM

I will take it if you can get someone to get a photo to me. What dimensions do you have? 4/4 stock, 8/4?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 07:41 AM

If you’ve got some smaller, thicker chunks I’d be interested in them to make new plane handles.

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willie

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#6 posted 12-15-2011 05:26 PM

A little more info on the rosewood. There are 8 pieces. 6 are 48” long, widths are 4 3/4”, 5 1/2”, 6”, 6 7/8”, and 2 at 7 3/8”. There are two pieces at 60” long and 4 3/8” and 5 7/8” wide. All are 4/4 stock. The faces of most of these were surfaced to prepare for cutting into veneer. Most are still around 1” thick and a couple just under. They are all flat and straight so they will clean up without losing much material. I will try to get some pics somehow. If someone can tell me what this stuff is worth it would be appreciated. I would probably rather trade for it that sell it but I am open to all options.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#7 posted 12-15-2011 05:38 PM

cutting board? ha just messing with ya! if you got enough and it sounds like you do i would make some really nice boxes or even use it for drawer fronts. You could even…if you have one…cut it into thin slices and make some veneer or inlay with it. Rosewood is a very nice wood! I would guess somewhere around 10 a bf but it depends on the quality.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#8 posted 12-15-2011 05:45 PM

Well, if you bought it at Rockler, the 3/4” would run you…lol

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=834&source=googleps&utm_source=GoogleBase&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Google
16097
Bolivian Rosewood – 3/4’’ thick $29.90 BF

It’s a valuable wood, and a very pretty one at that.

Woodworker’s Source Central American Rosewood:
http://www.woodworkerssource.com/rosca44-p-Rosewood_Central_America.html
13/16’’ thick, surfaced smooth two sides (4/4 S2S) will cost you $24.99/bf

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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willie

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#9 posted 12-15-2011 09:13 PM

OK guys, I got ahold of a camera and got some pics. Hopefully they’ll get on here. I can E-mail some pics if this doesn’t work.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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#10 posted 12-15-2011 10:24 PM

Goodness gracious, that’s the mother lode.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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willie

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#11 posted 12-16-2011 04:19 PM

Finally post some pics and now no one has any interest?

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zindel

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 04:24 PM

If i pay for shipping would you send it to me? haha! those are some beautiful boards you got there. I wouldn’t be getting rid of those i would make some nice boxes or a nice table or something like that. maybe use those as table tops and then make the rest from another type of wood. Just an idea.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 04:57 PM

That would make the nicest coffee table around. Or a ton of beautiful plane totes.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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willie

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 07:02 PM

I’ve had these for over 15 years and haven’t found a project for them yet. I am more in need of a bandsaw and a few other tools than this wood. My house is small, 930 sqft, so there’s not a lot of room for any more furniture. I already made a kitchen table out of some wormy chestnut that I lucked into and the only other piece I still need to make is a stand for a flat panel TV that I have some walnut all ready to go for that. I am going through my shop and rearranging and repairing/replacing or adding all those little things that have been put off for too long. I am not looking to make a lot of money from this. I just thought there might be someone that would be interested in a little “horse trading” where we could all go away happy. Like I said, I need a bandsaw and am always interested in good quality handtools or whatever else you might have to trade. I’m open to suggestions, let me know what you have!

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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willie

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#15 posted 12-18-2011 11:36 PM

Put this on CL tonight. Need to find a new home for this wood. I’ll post here when it’s gone.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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