|Forum topic by JustJoe||posted 185 days ago||579 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
185 days ago
I couldn’t find my chunk of bubinga so I went and bought more. Finished the project and what I bought doesn’t match what I thought I had.
Then I tore up the shop looking for the original piece of wood and found it. It still has a sticker that says “Bubinga” on it. In the picture the chisel handle is one I made from this wood last year it’s sitting on the board on the left. I like this wood. It’s tight-grained, has a reddish tint that doesn’t show in the picture, and finished smooth as silk.
The piece on the right is the “new” bubinga I bought from the same place (Woodworker’s Source in Tucson.) It is lighter, stringier (like luan mahogany compared to the good stuff) and very open pored, more than oak. All the boards in their bubinga stack looked like it. It finished lighter in color too (see the plane tote/knob in the linked project). It is NOT the same wood I was looking for.
Which one, if any, is the “real” bubinga, and where can I find more of the stuff on the left?