Magnolia and Chinaberry

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Forum topic by Keith Sonefelt posted 05-26-2015 06:39 AM 695 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-26-2015 06:39 AM

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Any of you folks ever work with either of these woods. Got an opportunity to get my hands of some of both, as well as some barn wood. Would it be worth it to pick it up or let it go. Suggestions/comments welcome!

-- "If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right"

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 08:10 AM

Sawyer I know gets chinaberry, I’ve seen a few things he’s made with it – one was a table top and it was absolutely stunning. Never heard of it until I met him, now I think it’s an under-appreciated wood. He said it was pretty easy to work with, I can’t help you in that department. All I know is that you just reminded me to ask him to get me some next time I see him.

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 09:27 AM

I’ve worked Chinaberry but never Magnolia, I have some chinaberry in my spalting pit right now that is ready for picking just waiting for the chance to cut them into boards.

Here is a box I made a good while back out of spalted chinaberry.

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 11:56 AM

I have quite a bit of chinaberry. If anyone needs some, let me know.

Here is some that I made a bar top out of.

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 02:11 PM

Magnolia works OK. It looks kind of like poplar but with not much character, it’s somewhat denser, and its knots are interestingly green.

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