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Project by TulsaWoodSmith posted 07-26-2010 10:51 PM 2905 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given the opportunity to cabbage onto these 4 pieces of bright yellow Curley Movinga recently.
There are about 35 BF of 4/4 very curley/ ribboned wood here.

This stuff is so outragiously expensive that I have never bought any. ($30+BF) This came available as an inventory surplus and I was right place right time. I paid less than $100 for the whole deal.

I will start cutting it up in the next few days. Cynthia put in an order before I got it unloaded.

I will post the finished project (unless it turns out too ugly to ever see the light of day).

Michael

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!





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#1 posted 07-26-2010 11:34 PM

Great get…very nice. What do you plan to build with it?

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 11:39 PM

Very cool looking like Wayne I’m interested to see what you will use it for.

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#3 posted 07-27-2010 12:16 AM

Great score! Are you certain of the spelling of this wood? I have a wood encyclopedia (it was a gift) and can’t find movinga in it. I tried Google and Wikipedia, also with no luck.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#4 posted 07-27-2010 12:38 AM

I have never heard of that wood before but its beautiful, can’t wait to see what you make out of it.

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#5 posted 07-27-2010 01:06 AM

It wouldn’t be ugly if it was just a chunk of that wood! Nice bargain. The figure is awesome.

Looking forward to seeing your movinga project.

I have not used or seen that species personally. Could you describe it in LJ’s terms? Hard, Soft, Brittle, workable, etc.?

Thanks, for sharing.

-- vicrider

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#6 posted 07-27-2010 02:35 AM

I know there is a lesson in here somewhere——:) Like check the spelling prior to posting?
The wood seems to be spelled Movingui (sometimes referred to as Nigerian Satinwood)

I have never worked with it before, so I can’t tell you much about its working properties yet.
However, I can tell you it is HEAVY. Not as heavy as bloodwood, but still substantial.

I will be using this wood for a 2 drawer hanging file cabinet for Cynthia’s office downtown. The first piece in a new office set up-
Desk, computer work station, cradenza and bookcase. I will probably end up using Yellowheart for those pieces.
She likes the kitchen so much. That should go great with this Movingui.

Thanks for the questions and comments.

Michael

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#7 posted 07-27-2010 02:51 AM

that is really some beautiful wood. I know you will have alot of fun using it up. There are so many different types of wood in the worls and many of them go by several names…depending on locations. I would like to have some of each and every type….time to wake up.

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 02:58 AM

Michael, thanks for following up on the questions. It is beautiful wood and it has obviously piqued the interest of several of us. I did some more searching and found that it is also known as “ayan”. That’s how it is listed in my wood encyclopedia. It is classified as a hardwood. Properties: “Dries fairly rapidly and well, with little tendency to split or warp, and has very good dimensional stability. It is dense, has medium bending strength.” Now for the bad news: “The material is fairly difficult to machine, with moderate to severe blunting of tools caused by silica in the wood; gum build-up on saws requires an increased set. Nailing requires pre-boring.” I hope you are still able to work this beautiful wood.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 07-27-2010 03:03 AM

Sounds like a description of Teak, Lenny. Maybe they are related. Very interesting grain pattern.

-- vicrider

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#10 posted 07-27-2010 04:50 AM

When I see stuff that pretty, one word comes to mind: RESAW.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#11 posted 07-27-2010 04:53 AM

Thanks for the extra work Lenny, I couldn’t fine it anywhere as well. Sound like a challenging wood to work with, I would recommend a small project just to get the feel of machining and characteristic of the material Shopdogs. The grain looks fabulous, good luck…BC

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#12 posted 07-27-2010 05:04 AM

Hmmm…maybe make one from pine (or poplar) first just to get the dimensioning and practice down before you cut into that expensive stuff? Unless, of course, you are really experienced already. Nice score!

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

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#13 posted 07-27-2010 05:45 AM

If it is movingui… take a good look on this link… MOVINGUI. THAT STUFF IS REALLY A GOOD WOOD. I am waiting for your outcome from this wood.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 07-27-2010 06:09 AM

Thanks to everyone. and a special thanks to Lenny. Some of what I have read reflected exactly what you found too. Thanks be to the carbide gods.

I am so enthused about this wood now, I have pushed back a paying project so that I can do this one for Cynthia.

I will get started on it tomorrow or Thursday. I will post some fotos and insights along the way.

Thanks again, guys. I sincerely appreciate the input.

Michael

-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#15 posted 07-27-2010 02:21 PM

I LOVE wood gloats! Congrats!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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