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10-09-2013 05:10 AM

Topic tags/keywords: nautical ship boat navy wreck

An old derelict fishing boat washed up on a military base beach. It will soon be busted up and hauled away. While checking it out, I stumbled across a small straight piece of what I think might be (a little help with the ID please) mahogany. I couldn’t not pick it up. So, my question is, What should I make out of this little (3/4×2 x 27 in) piece. I’d like to do something in line with this little scrap of wood’s history. My skills and shop are mediocre to somewhat capable. Check out my projects to get an idea of the messes I’m capable of.

I’m stuck in between pencil box and stash box but am not happy with either ideas. I’d really like to hear the thoughts from the creative and the traditional minds out there.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 05:38 AM

Man I wish an old boat would wash up where I live. This would have been possible 100 million years ago when the sea wasn’t 300 miles away like it is now.

I’m getting ready to make a mallet and have had my eye on something like this. Although I’d rather have a 3-inch wide board vs. 2.

guitar neck, if it is actually mahogany.
cutting board
lazy susan
scroll saw some little animals for a little kid
decorative contrast pieces on a table or drawer, etc.

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#2 posted 10-09-2013 05:54 AM

A cribbage board as I suspect a lot of crib was played on board. Do you have the name of the vessel, as perhaps you could incorporate the name onto the board as a memorial of the boat? Do you know any of the vessel’s history? That may help in coming up with a suitable project.

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#3 posted 10-09-2013 06:47 AM

Thanks Mark. Cribbage board board is a definite possibility. I played quite a bit while underway.
As for a name, this is all I’ve got.

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#4 posted 10-09-2013 08:21 PM

I held the piece up against another piece of African mahogany and the grain was similar but this piece seems much denser. Could it be jatoba?

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#5 posted 10-09-2013 08:24 PM

Teak? A little darker than what I’ve seen and used in the past, but similar grain.

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#6 posted 10-09-2013 09:08 PM

Maybe a small sailors knot display box?

Like THIS one I saw on Etsy:

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#7 posted 10-10-2013 01:44 AM

looks a lot like Jatoba to me.

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#8 posted 10-10-2013 01:58 AM

What about a small picture frame with your bottom picture in the frame? No matter where your travels take you in future years, the frame and picture would always bring back memories of the washed up ship & where you were.

Could you slice it in thinner (veneer) strips and attach it to a secondary wood to make it go farther?

Thanks for sharing

Bill in MI

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#9 posted 10-10-2013 03:06 AM

Bill in MI, wow, great idea. Thanks. I’ve already started making a small box to hold a couple decks of cards ( going off of Mark S’s idea) but I should have enough to make a SMALL frame for the photo to keep with or in the box.

I knew I could count on you guys!

Now, about the wood. It smells like Spanish cedar when machined but not as pungent and the wood is not nearly as soft as Spanish cedar. It milled too easy to be Jatoba. It worked more like cherry.

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