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419 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: bubinga question

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?

thanks
Joe

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#1 posted 419 days ago

Looking at the ribboning, and the grain structure. I think they’re both bubinga. I work at a large lumber retailer, and we get loads of bubinga (among other woods) that have just as much variation. Its wood—it’s a natural product. You could also be battling the effects of oxidation; wood is not only affected by sunlight, but it oxidizes on its own too.

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#2 posted 419 days ago

Well that’s a bummer because the only bubinga they’ve got now is the stuff on the right. The difference is very big when seen in person. The wood I like on the left hasn’t changed in color in the year I bought it. I’ll throw that chunk on the right into the shed and maybe it will age into something better in a few years.

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#3 posted 419 days ago

They might both be bubinga, but the right side looks like it was taken either from the edge of the tree, or some sore of fast growing version of bubinga.
The one on the left looks more like the bubinga I keep in stock. More red, slightly darker, more defined lines.
In all honesty, the one the right looks like it might be some sort of Philippine mahogany, or what the Chinese call rubberwood, a fast growing species used in a lot of furniture handles and feet on upholstered furniture.

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#4 posted 418 days ago

I vote both are Bubinga.

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#5 posted 418 days ago

http://www.hobbithouseinc.com/personal/woodpics/bubinga.htm
If you want to see variety in Bubinga , check out this site.^^^

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#6 posted 418 days ago

Thanks for the informative link there’s a lot of good info on exotic woods there that will take me a while to read.
It looks like Bubinga has a lot more variety than I originally thought.

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