Sample Wood Collections #1: First, start with what's laying around

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Blog entry by BarbS posted 03-07-2010 06:31 AM 4602 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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How many of you have collections of the different woods you’ve worked with?

I am inspired by Gary Fixler’s blog on Wood Collecting:
and decided to spend a few hours today making up some samples in 1/2” x 3” x 6”
sanded pieces.

I’m hoping to assemble enough samples to have to build a box for them one day.

Here’s a photo of Sycamore, Yew, Walnut, Birch, African Mahogany and Yellow Cedar.


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#1 posted 03-07-2010 07:23 AM

This is a good idea. I should gather up cutoffs from my work so I can identify wood easier. (Oh wait, I STANRT with cut-offs) haha Still a good idea.

Thanks for posting.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 07:32 AM

Gary posted a project of the box that he made to collect his wood samples.

A great project to keep them around. I probably have about 20 different species around in my shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 08:25 AM

Thats a cool idea I’ve been working on a slightly different version, i turn wooden spheres (I don’t call them balls because it makes my wife giggle when she asks me what I’m wasting my time working on now and I say I’m making a set of (you get the idea)) The main difference is I finish the sphere with different finishes so that my customers can see what their project will look like. I need to post a some pics of the different combinations.

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 08:27 AM

yes, please do! I’d like to see how others are presenting their samples.


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#5 posted 03-08-2010 04:04 AM

You’re cutting me pieces? Yes, yes, please! What can I do for you?


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#6 posted 03-25-2010 04:02 AM

Seventeen samples, and I’m getting addicted. Really fun to paw through old stacks and find odd boards to size up for my collection:


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#7 posted 04-16-2010 05:29 PM

Looking like a great collection.
Mine consist of about 5 species????

Now lets see what you can make with them.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#8 posted 04-16-2010 05:59 PM

;-) ..all those little samples? Maybe a house of cards.
No, I know what you mean. One of my biggest woodworking failings is continuing to make projects for my shop, or side projects like this collections one, and not producing useful items. I really must exert some self-discipline and tackle something new and worthwhile!


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#9 posted 04-16-2010 06:07 PM

Excellent idea! Not just as a wood reference, but for all the memories of what you built. It puts a new meaning to the word scrapbook. This looks like I could do on days I want to be in the shop, but don’t feel up to working on a project.

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#10 posted 04-16-2010 06:31 PM

Nice Collection Going !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#11 posted 04-17-2010 03:57 PM

You may want to become a member of the International Wood Collector’s Society, as they are a wonderful resource of information and have members of all ages, interest, backgrounds and have a publication and meetings all over the globe, many in the USA.

Also, since you are in Washington State, you have access to some beautiful woods such as Black Walnut (Claro Black Walnut), big leaf maples (quilted & figured), Madrone/Madrone Burl, Manzanita, etc..

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#12 posted 04-17-2010 04:30 PM

Hello mmh-
I knew of the Wood Collector’s Society, thanks for mentioning it. I’ll probably just keep adding to my collection as things come across my path. A fellow LJer, Autumn, is in my home town and is a resource of exotic woods all by herself, lucky for me. It’s funny, but once people hear I am doing this, friends say “I just took down a willow, do you want a piece?” and are anxious to expand my few pieces, which is nice. WA state is rich in woods, but they are pricey to acquire here, east of the Cascade Mtns. However, I am very rich in local fruit woods, and have access to apple, cherry, apricot, peach, plum, etc. Plum is some beautiful wood, though drying degrade is high. A friend visited to load up some of my silver maple and saw the plum tree in the back yard, offering to help take it down in exchange for some of the wood. I’m still cogitating on that whole-lotta-work, but will do it eventually.


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