Wood Gloat #1: African Mahogany (Khaya), Black Locust, and Purpleheart

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Blog entry by GlennsGrandson posted 04-17-2012 09:09 AM 14568 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had to make one, everyone wants to…right?

Anyhow I got a piece of African Mahogany (Khaya), some Purpleheart scraps from my uncle who says they, believe it or not, use this “stuff” for they’re trailer beds to haul equipment on. He said they typically burn the scraps!!! Lets call that group the modern day Minute Men. Anyhow, he got me some scraps, man is that stuff heavy, and real purdy!

I also got two pieces of live edge Black Locust that are about 7 1/2’ long by 10” wide, bookmatched. Waterfall coffee table?... with Khaya stretcher

I got the Khaya and Locust both from Unit 5 Woodworks in Sioux Falls, SD ( or check it out on Facebook.

The Khaya is very very rough cut, I wonder what kind of saws they have in Africa… I lightly sanded just a small area of it and the grain looks beautiful!

So, I was just expecting a few small pieces of Purpleheart for some inlaying…Now, what to do with way more than just inlaying material…

Black Locust

Black Locust

Black Locust

Purple Heart with a small piece of Red Oak and Walnut for comparison. Also African Mahogany on top.

More Purpleheart

Closer shot of small rough sanded area of African Mahogany, tough to see in this pic but beautiful stuff.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 06:25 AM


I’d love to be in your shoes! Get busy and make some beautiful pieces with those.


-- Voltaire: “Those Who Can Make You Believe Absurdities, Can Make You Commit Atrocities” There are 112 genders (not including male and female)

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 10:09 AM

OMG..What a score..

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 11:30 AM

Hello long lost cousin Grant. Hows our uncle doing?
Wow! That is some beautiful wood. Unleash it!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 01:01 PM

That purple heart sure has some deep color.
That, along with the locust should match beautifully together.
Nice score!

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 03:17 PM

I may attempt my first box with some of this purpleheart and some cutoffs of some of the khaya or whatever is laying around. I’m a fan of the Greg and Andy boxes, I read up the steps that one of them posted. I think I can do it. I’m not sure about the Locust, I really like that wood but I know there will be other pieces around in my future. I may make it and keep it, or sell it, or gift it….probably the last.

-- Grant - N Dakota

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