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Forum topic by Marcus posted 02-14-2013 01:54 PM 899 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Marcus

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02-14-2013 01:54 PM

I picked up some Bocote last night for a ridiculously good price. Only about 25 bd ft or so, but at price, I couldnt let even a small batch of it sit there.

I started looking for projects to see what people were doing w/ the wood and most of what I am seeing is small turnings, knife/gun grips, and maybe a box or two here and there. Is there a reason bocote is not suitable for furniture/cabinetry, or is it just usually a cost issue?


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:13 PM

I found that I’m allergic to it, so that is reason enough for me not to use it. It is quite oily, you might try a small project and see how it finishes before you take on a big project. It is beautiful wood though and very dense.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 03:20 PM

The main reason you do not see bigger projects made from bocote is it would cost too much for most
pocketbooks.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 03:25 PM

Here is some info. There is certainly no reason not to make furniture with it.

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

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Marcus

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 03:28 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I picked up the pile for cheaper than I could get poplar for and thought it would make a nice table top. I started looking around for other examples of this and could not find much. I took a look at the price at a few online hardwood retailers and was guessing that its usually cost prohibitive to make a table top with it.

Now part of me says I should save it for something REALLY special…which of course means it will sit in the basement for 5 years =)

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MrsN

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 05:25 PM

I think it is beautiful and if I could aford a big chuck of it to make a table out of, I would totally have a table out of it. But for now I will settle for my favorite necklace being Bocote.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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RussellAP

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 05:28 PM

It’s just too expensive, like monterillo or padauk. http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/bocote.htm

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Marcus

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#7 posted 02-14-2013 06:54 PM

Everyone is making me feel bad for just making a tale top with it now. I knew it was nicer wood when I saw it, but I didn’t think it was that popular. Just measured it out, I have 23 bd ft …guess ill have to figure out something to make use of every inch of it.

Anyone have thoughts for wood that compliment it well? I have enough to do a little something, but not enough for a full project.

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