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Forum topic by HawkDriver posted 02-14-2012 08:04 PM 877 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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HawkDriver

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02-14-2012 08:04 PM

I’m just curious if anyone else has a strange attraction to this wood. Any chance I have I use the stuff. I love how it looks, smells and machines. I bought a decent size piece a few months back 60”x9×2.75” at less than $12 a bf. The price was the main reason I bought it. Since then I have made a small box, a serving tray a couple of bowls and a couple of handles with it. Initially I thought the lack of “glueability” was the only downside, but in reality it forced me to use my dovetail jig and other methods of joinery which I am really pleased about in the end.

It’s almost an obsession now. I don’t have much of that large piece left. I am dreading the day it’s gone and I no longer can see, smell and touch that wonderful wood!

Maybe Ill just keep a small cutoff on my night stand!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.


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chrisstef

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 08:10 PM

well i hope that you have at least got it some chocolates and a card for the big day today ;)

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Tokolosi

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 08:12 PM

Yah, thats not weird at all.

But then again I have a habit of talking to the wood when Im working. Sometimes pleading, sometimes praising. Lol.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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HawkDriver

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 08:21 PM

@chrisstef – no chocolates or card, but I did order it a new woodslicer blade this morning. Think that’s over the top for a Valentines day gift???

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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superstretch

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 08:22 PM

Sooooo many jokes..

I’ll just leave it at the fact that it is, in fact, beautiful lumber.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Bill White

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#5 posted 02-14-2012 08:24 PM

Well, you could send me the off cuts. That is one way you could lessen the agony. I’ll put it to good use.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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degoose

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 08:41 PM

To paraphrase George Orwell…. all wood is created equal, some more equal than others…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Elizabeth

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 09:04 PM

I think you should make yourself a “worry stone” from a small offcut to keep in your pocket, for when you need a pick-me-up!

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chrisstef

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 09:09 PM

No way is a new bandsaw blade over the top .. as a matter of fact since shes treatin ya so well, id get a whle new bandsaw!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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HawkDriver

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 09:16 PM

Dan- I love the jokes! Don’t hold back!

Elizabeth- I think you might be onto something! maybe a little piece to attach to my keys!

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 09:38 PM

I cannot comment until you post these cocobolo projects!!!! No photos….didn’t happen. :-)

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

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Tyrone D

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 10:43 PM

I’ve never used cocobolo, but I’ve had fantasies about using it. I really like how it looks.

-- --Tyrone - BC, Canada "Nothing is ever perfect, we just run out of time."

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 11:05 PM

I can’t say there is any problem being attracted to cocobolo, many women are attracted to cocochanel.
The question you must ask yourself, is cocobolo attracted to me?, otherwise I don’t recommend a one sided relationship.
Here’s hoping you find a happy ending to the cocobolo you are so besotted to, I’m sure all Ljs are behind you.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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Manitario

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#13 posted 02-14-2012 11:35 PM

There’s a show on TV called “My Strange Attraction”. I didn’t watch it, but did see the commercial for it…had a guy who was attracted to his car…except he took it waaaay further than I can mention on this family oriented site. Hope your attraction to cocobolo is more platonic as I heard people can get skin rashes from it…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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RibsBrisket4me

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#14 posted 02-14-2012 11:45 PM

Cocobolo.

So that is what her name is…. :-)

-- http://www.PictureTrail.com/gid6255915

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HawkDriver

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 12:11 AM

Charlie you are right. Those projects were completed and put into immediate heavy use by my wifey(she might love Cocobolo more than I). Here’s some pics I just took of those:

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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