Bandsaw box #4 #1: A larger box

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Blog entry by ybotyawnoc posted 10-03-2012 06:49 PM 1457 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I bought a lump of wood from some guy on eBay. It was listed as being a piece of iroko, but I had my doubts. Anyway, at less than £6 I thought I’d give it a go. This is the eBay listing photo:

I took it down to my friend’s shop (I don’t yet have a jointer), to plane the roughsawn edges off, and here’s what was underneath:

Now, to me, that looks more like elm than iroko. But I don’t know much about it tbh. Anyway, I’m going to make a slightly bigger box with this one, should be a bit of fun :)

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 11:34 AM

I would say it’s definitely no Iroko. The knots are a giveaway. Iroko also has an oily feel to it. Dust is very fine and should not be inhaled.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 07:12 PM

Yeah, and I thought Iroko was yellow, and much more straight-grained. My rather more-expert-than-me friend said he also thought it could be elm.
Either way, it’s a nice piece, I just hope I don’t totally cock up making a box with it! ;)

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