I am in need of some help and you guys are my only hope! No exxageration…I’m stationed in South Korea and still haven’t found another woodworker who speaks english. lol.
Okay, so I’m working on a coffee table for the wife and have incorporated a few pieces of wood from the local construction lumber supplier outside the base. I am having some problems and hoping that you guys can help me solve two of them.
First, my friend at the yard tells me that this is a Brazillian hardwood but is not sure of the name. It came to him cut in roughly 4”x48” inch lengths and looked to be ready for some sort of molding or chair rail kind of purpose. I’ve looked through some of the woodsuppliers and the closest I seem to be able to find is Wenge, but it looks like that comes from Africa. Can any of you identify from the picture I’m attaching?
Second…I’m still relatively young in woodworking and my sanding skills don’t seem to be up to this particular piece of wood. I had to plane this hardwood down to be the same thickness as all the other boards on the table. I then hit it with 80grit on the RO sander because it was still a couple of millimeters too thick but now the wood face seems really “washed out”. And Hitting it with 100 or 120 doesn’t seem to be clearing up the scratch lines. I’m hand sanding now but can’t seem to fix this. Does hardwood need a different approach than what I’m doing? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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