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Forum topic by greg48 posted 02-24-2015 05:01 AM 1264 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-24-2015 05:01 AM

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I was visiting my son last weekend in San Jose to attend a Sharks vs. Kings game (a sad story in itself) and he presents me with a piece of hardwood that served as a ledge on a short stem wall that was being demo’d for his girlfriends rented shop space. The handyman knocked it out and was going to toss it with the rest of the refuse when my boy thought that maybe I would like to have it. I wasn’t sure what it was until I compared it to some Wenge in a local lumber store, it’s the same stuff.

The board is 6/4 thick, 58” long and 10” wide and finished with a polyurethane.

The bad news is that the previous occupant drilled a series of 1/2” holes spaced 2” by 15” on the bottom side to set in 8” bolt hangers so I can only get a 6 1/2” clear rip on the piece. I’m saddened to lose so much width, but happy to have what I got. I’ve never worked with Wenge before and have no immediate plans. Guess I will have to read up on how to best utilize this treasure. Any suggestions are most welcomed.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 02-24-2015 05:44 AM

It likes to chip and splinter is about all I know. Lucky bastard.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 02-24-2015 05:54 AM

The splinters can be pretty nasty too.

Anytime you can get some free Wenge, it is ALWAYS good.

-- I'm not clumsy.. It's just the floor hates me, the tables and chairs are bullies, the wall gets in the way AAANNNDDD table saws BITE my fingers!!!.. - Mike -

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 12:26 PM

I’m sure you’ll come up with something amazing. I’ve turned a few pens with Wenge and didn’t really like it. That’s about all I can say

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 02:37 PM

I’ve used it on guitars a number of times. It is splintery, that’s for sure. Just be careful when you use it, since the splinters are tough and go deep. But once sanded to a smooth surface, it can be just stunning under the final finish.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 04:49 PM

I want it. I want it.
Beautiful wood. Think about it carefully before you decide what to use it for. It’d be a shame to waste ANY of it.


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#6 posted 02-24-2015 06:07 PM

Great score.

I get slivers when I just look at the photos.

Have a few pieces in my shop, don’t use it for much except little accents, etc.

Looks thick enough to resaw, could make a couple nice little boxes or bookmatched lids.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#7 posted 02-24-2015 06:11 PM

save the hole side,you can use the space between the holes for smaller projects or handles or accents.

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#8 posted 02-24-2015 10:43 PM

A $100 piece of wood (minus the holes) for free? Gotta like that…

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#9 posted 02-25-2015 02:55 AM

Fill the holes with matching plugs.

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#10 posted 02-25-2015 02:59 AM

Nah, that stuff is all splintery and everything. I’ll pay the freight, and burn it for you. ;)

Yes, that is a nice piece of wood, especially for free.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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