|Forum topic by CharlesA||posted 11-23-2014 09:54 PM||948 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
11-23-2014 09:54 PM
A friend offered me a deal on three Brazilian Cherry boards, 9’x15”x1”. I’ve read up a bit and it is supposed to be hard as heck, but pretty easy to glue up and finish. I’ve seen furniture made with it, and I really like the look.
However, now that I have it, I have a few questions. The first is the identification of the wood in general. I know that Jatoba, like all woods, has some variation in color, but I thought it was generally similar to aged black cherry or mahogany, medium to darker brown with a red tint. The boards I have are purple in color. I’ve seen a couple of pics of Jatoba that lean this direction, but this seems pretty far on the purple spectrum.
This wood has been aging for a long time. I have no idea if it was kiln-dried originally, but if it was, my guess it was over a decade ago. It has been sitting under a tarp and roof outside for at least a couple of years. I checked it with my cheapy HF moisture meter, tried it multiple times on each board. 9 was lowest, 11 highest. So let’s just say 10%. How might I best prepare this for use? Mill it, let it sit 24 hours, mill it again and go for it? Let it sit for __ days in my shop before milling it? Something else?
Since the grain is fairly regular and the color very uniform, I’m thinking I’ll eventually cut it into 6” max boards to go on my jointer in milling. No need to keep the wide boards wide.
Any other advice?
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