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Forum topic by shipwright posted 06-22-2012 12:26 AM 2744 views 1 time favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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shipwright

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06-22-2012 12:26 AM

My local hardwood supplier just brought in a few boards of Tubi. They had never heard of it until recently but told me that some of my buddies in NZ and Aus. might have used it before. What excites me about it is that at around $25/fbm it may be an reasonable sub for the now almost non-existent black (Gaboon) ebony. I will be using it in my current project so we shall see.

It comes from the Soloman Islands and is apparently “sustainably” harvested.

I bought a piece about 1” x 6” x 6 feet long. It is clear, uniform, and weighs slightly more than steel plate.

Here are a couple of photos. The dark corner has been sanded a bit and had a coat of shellac applied. The first photo shows a piece of Madagascar Ebony as comparison and the second a piece of Macassar Ebony veneer.

So has anyone used it?
Do you still have teeth on your saw blades?
Is it the new black?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/


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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 12:29 AM

Looks like you will be the guinea pig, Paul. Let us know how it works out.

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

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 12:31 AM

I have no idea as to your questions…but GOOD FIND…and I truly hope that it is sustainably harvested…but I dont know if we can always trust that…

By the way—-there is a nice little article on your area in SCA (Small Craft Advisor) this month…it was a story about a trip on the east side of Vancouver Island and the mainland…they crossed over the Georgia (?) Strait from Nanaimo to head up to Cortes Island Area in a little open boat…looked like a fun trip…

Matt

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 12:41 AM

i think i still like the new black wood that i have found, it comes in many species and it doesnt cost much at all, probably the most expensive part is the propane, when i torch just about any wood, i get a nice black color…is that ok to work with…:).....if i dont sand it, it seems to work…i know…..bad joke…...

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 12:46 AM

Here is a discription off one of the wood distibuters sites:

Latin Name: ............................................................... Other Common Names:
Xanthostemon melanoxylon ...............................................Queen Ebony
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Description:
The heartwood of this tree, commonly known locally as Tubi, is extremely hard, durable and very dark, and has been compared with ebony. It is of great traditional importance, being used for walking sticks and, particularly, carved posts used to decorate buildings.

This endemic species has a limited distribution and is, therefore, rare. A conservation strategy for Tubi was finalised recently and the species has now acquired some level of legal protection.

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 12:48 AM

NOT I… LOL

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 01:05 AM

Hey there Paul,
I have been using it for a while now…here in the land downunder… it is known as Pacific Ebony, Pacific Blackwood, Queen Ebony, Fiji Ebony…. Very dense brittle darkbrown/black…. turns black when finished… I use it for accents…
It cuts fairly well and I have not had a problem with blades dulling etc…Sands OK and take a finish well… have not tried to nail or screw into it…
Hope this helps…

I know the bloke who imports it… his mother owns the land in the Solomons, where it is harvested… and they are very aware of sustainablity and employ eco friendlly practices,

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

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shipwright

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 01:40 AM

Thanks Larry, I knew one of you down under guys would have the answers. It all sounds good to me. I won’t be nailing or screwing into it, just gluing. Have you had any issues with glue?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#8 posted 06-22-2012 01:54 AM

hey Paul, I have had no problems glue this timber… Really is nice to work with…and looks like ebony when finished…

Fourth strip in from the sides…

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

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shipwright

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#9 posted 06-22-2012 01:57 AM

Thanks again!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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rance

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#10 posted 06-22-2012 04:05 AM

So Paul, how much did you pay for that 6’ piece? IMWTK.

Tubi is one of the first kinds of woods I ever used. I gro’d up using it since it was so cheap. I could often find it in dumpsters too. I’ll be watching to see what you you use Tubi fore. I most recently used it for a Stumpy contest. Mine didn’t turn out(pun in 10 did) as dark as what you are showing though.

degoose, what accents do you get with it? Spanish, Italian, German, French? Do tell. :) I’ve watched some of your videos. You must have used it in every video I watched. I could detect an accent. Just couldn’t nail it down(nuther pun in 10 did).

I sure hope I’m not confusin this wood with another one. It could happen.

Rance

PS: Don’t tell Steve the Rocket surgeon I posted here. He said I had to quit this stuff.

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shipwright

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#11 posted 06-22-2012 06:00 AM

Don’t tell Steve the Rocket surgeon I posted here. He said I had to quit this stuff.

Oh you do Rance, you do.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#12 posted 06-22-2012 11:30 AM

Looks like a good substitute.

Nice post, Paul.

Lee

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#13 posted 06-22-2012 12:11 PM

Just thought I would pipe in :)

Looks like a nice accent wood. New to me – I need to check it out.

And Rance; never give up, give in, or quit.

Thanks,
Steve

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#14 posted 06-22-2012 01:09 PM

Thanks for the heads up!

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

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#15 posted 06-22-2012 02:39 PM

I’m going to risk hijacking this thread because all here so far are interested in this particular wood niche.

Bob Taylor founded Taylor Guitars, where ebony is of great interest of course.

I find this video very informative, hopeful, and a reflection of what I know to be a responsible US manufacturing company. It’s a worthwhile use of 13 minutes if you’re a woodworker who uses exotics.

Bob Taylor speaks about ebony.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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