Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design #4: Stock choice and starting prep - discovered Peruvian Alder

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Blog entry by Mike_D_S posted 05-26-2016 02:25 AM 1730 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Adding joinery to the Sketchup model Part 4 of Greene & Greene Magazine Rack - my "own" design series Part 5: Stock prep done and joinery started »

So I went to my local favorite place to get some African Mahogany to start the stock prep for the piece. While I was wandering around (I’ve never once walked in this place picked up a piece and walked out) I saw a piece of wood with a very striking ribbon grain pattern. It actually looked a bit like the African Mahogany, but more of a brown tone.

Turns out to be Peruvian Alder. Some of the boards have a pronounced ribbon grain with an iridescent sheen to the grain. So I’m thinking this stuff has to be pricey and pull out the sheet to find out it’s $3.60/BF for the 4/4. So I make a command decision that I’m using the Peruvian Alder. I pick up enough of the ribbon grain for the panels and back and then some with a more straight grain pattern for some variety.

Get back home with the wood and break the news to the LOML that I didn’t get the Afr. Mahogany and she gets a frowny face, but once she sees the grain on the alder it’s all smiles again, so I’m in the clear.

Started the stock prep and just figured I’d post a pic of the grain that caught my eye. I did a search for Peruvian Alder (also called Pumaquiro it seems) and didn’t find many posts. So either it’s more commonly known by another name or just not a very common wood.

Anyway, I’m always excited at this stage of the project. The jointing, planing and rough dimensioning is pleasant repetitive work. The future is all sunshine and bright promise at this point and I’m managing to forget all the actual work to build the piece.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 05-26-2016 02:38 AM

Looks like sapele. Work with it all the time, the stuff is great!

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#2 posted 05-28-2016 12:10 AM

Yeah, it does look like sapele, but whatever it is, it looks great!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 05-28-2016 12:22 AM

Some nice purdy wood will make one out standing project I’m thinking can’t wait to see the progress.

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#4 posted 05-29-2016 01:40 AM

Yup, slightly different color from sapele that I am used to, but the figure looks the same. Very nice, and a good price!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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