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Forum topic by BubbaIBA posted 02-25-2012 04:50 PM 1704 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2012 04:50 PM

Yesterday I found a nice piece of Bubinga, about 10 BF of 8/4, to use for soles on my planes and to make some totes for saws and metal planes. I cut a few turning blanks from it and turned a chisel handle last night….usually I use domestic, mostly ash, for chisels. Anyway here’s a side by side of the Bubinga handle with an Ash handle. I’m mostly indifferent but MsBubba liked the Bubinga, I didn’t tell her about the cost difference :-).

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#1 posted 02-25-2012 05:05 PM

Looks great. I prefer the look of the darker wood on the handles, so I think the Bubinga is nice choice.

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#2 posted 02-25-2012 05:55 PM

I’m a bubinga lover. I like the variability in color. I’ve made totes from it before and they’ve held up real well. You’ve done a nice thing here:)

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

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#3 posted 02-25-2012 06:17 PM

That is a nice looking chisel handle. Well done.

Bubinga is one of my all-time favorite woods. As I write this there are 2 heavily figured 8/4 bubinga planks (10’ long and 12+” wide) in my storage area waiting to be transformed into bedposts for a bed I will make shortly.

Relative to domestic woods, Bubinga is expensive. However, in the world of the exotics, it’s quite reasonable. Relative to ebony, pink ivory, amboyna burl, bocote, pau rosa, etc. it is a bargain. Bubinga is usually about $15-20/bf. Many of these others are close to $100/bf.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 02-25-2012 10:45 PM

Thanks guys,

How right you are, with my discount the Bubinga was just over $11 USD a BF, I picked up 5 BF of 5/4 Ebony to use as plane soles today and it was $60 USD and change a BF. That’s the bad news, the good is because it’s a true 5/4 I can re-saw three soles out of each piece. BTW, you look at the invoice and then look at the puny piece of wood in your hand and just shake your head in wonder.

I haven’t decided what I’m making the bodies out of but right now I’m leaning toward using some 8/4 Mahogany with the Ebony. The combination should look good and I’ve got to use the Mahogany on something before I kick the bucket.

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