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Forum topic by Sirgreggins posted 01-27-2015 06:57 PM 1071 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2015 06:57 PM

I’m getting ready to build a jewelry box for my girlfriend. It will be a replica of the Gary Rogowski design featured on The Wood Whisperer site. I want to use ebony for the handle but since I only need a small quantity of it I don’t want to buy an expensive board just for this small accent piece. I have posted the link below in case anyone is interested in seeing the construction of the box.

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#1 posted 01-27-2015 07:08 PM

1. Old piano keys ( thats what I did)
2. You-tube ebonize wood of your choice also watch the process done here on LJ’s
3. Wood working tool stores sell small chunks

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#2 posted 01-27-2015 07:41 PM

Old piano keys ( thats what I did)

- exelectrician

What a good idea, exelec. Otherwise, lots of lumberyards have selections of exotics these days. Plus small quantities can be had on the internet. Carlton’s Rare Woods and Veneers in Atlanta would be a choice.

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#3 posted 01-27-2015 07:47 PM

What size of a piece do you need? And what size is the finished handle? I have a few smaller pieces of Ebony and African Blackwood (just as black as the ebony) and one or two of them might fulfill your need. I can measure them once I know what size you’re looking for.

-- Matt, SW MN,

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#4 posted 01-27-2015 07:56 PM

Go to ebay and search for ebony turning squares.

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#5 posted 01-27-2015 08:18 PM

You may be able to get that out a steel string guitar
bridge blank. Look on ebay.

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 08:29 PM

I just bought some at Rockler.

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 09:33 PM

Woodcraft used to have ebony “grab bags” from time to time. Check with them for turning squares too.

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 11:20 PM

I manufacture and sell thermally modified ipe’ that is just as hard and dense as ebony. The color is blacker than black all the way through the wood.

-- Ray, Maine,

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 03:13 AM

Thanks for all the feedback and ideas!

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#11 posted 02-11-2015 03:44 PM

I have a bunch of Gabon scraps, let me know how large of a piece you need.

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