Bocote and Bloodwood in wet conditions?

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Forum topic by chevy1951 posted 03-27-2014 07:13 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 07:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question bloodwood bocote finishing wood choice

I have recently started wet shaving (using an old double edge safety razor and shaving brush), and I am wanting to build a stand for my brush and razor. I was browsing around my local Rockler store when I came across some Bloodwood and Bocote. I have never worked with either, but they really caught my eye. I bought a piece of each just for the heck of it. My .45 will be getting a new set of grips (or more), but I will still have some left over. I think that they would make a beautiful shaving caddy, but I am concerned with how they will survive in the humidity of a bathroom. Hanging wet stuff on them will only make it worse. I will design it so that there will be minimal standing water anywhere on the wood surface, but some will happen. Are these bad choices for this project? Any advice on how to work with these woods? The guy at the shop said they both are easy to work with. Suggestions for finish? Oil and wax? Polyurethane?
Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 03:53 AM

I think as long as they are finished well and not soaking up water they could work okay.

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 12:13 PM

You’ll need sharp tools the bloodwood is hard and dense. It does splinter easily. According to the wood database it is close in hardness to ebony and lignum vitae. It doesn’t float. It finishes well and looks very nice. I’ve never used the bocote.

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#3 posted 04-13-2014 02:18 PM

They are both beautiful woods… but for the Bloodwood, I will give you a bit of info and let you decide. I believe this is mostly about ingesting refined extracts, but I take it also to avoid the dust, oils, and smoke (if you burn it with a router or table saw cut)

Brosimum rubescens are high in the active agents palodesangrens, which binds to the DHT receptor (harmful Free Testosterones), sending more T into the loving arms of aromatase. This can lead to elevated estrogen levels and prevent androgens from binding to the androgen receptors and causing androgen dependent diseases. If you don’t have any prostate problems, stay far away from this stuff because it will shut down sperm production and sex hormones. (Clamping Down Reductase ~ Thomas Incledon ~

He he .. anyway, bloodwood carves like a dream, but will have hidden grain that will splinter and may sometimes have crystal in the grain which will dull your chisel and tools. Bloodwood if not sealed well with a finish, (Poly works well) and if it gets wet it will leech red onto other items and surfaces. It smells lovely, even through a dust mask. I love the stuff.

Don’t know much about Bacote yet, but it is pretty.

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