Lignum entertainment

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Project by coreyg089 posted 01-23-2018 09:21 PM 1162 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my new ridiculously heavy entertainment center. The top is made of lignum vitae, that my wife’s grandfather gave me. If your wondering how the heck did i get a piece that big the story’s kinda funny. I was on his hunting property helping him with something one day and he asked me if i needed some lumber. He knew i was a woodworker and the previous land owner was also a woodworker(he bought the land from the guy 40 years ago). I said heck yeah and we went into the back 20×20 part of the shop and to my disbelief it was full of exotics. Papa was not a woodworker and had no idea what the heck it all was, so he mainly left it there to gather dust and on occasion grab a piece to THROW IN THE FIRE. I cringed with hearing that. After looking through all of it, and finding huge and i mean huge pieces of lignum, purple heart, yellow heart, and teak, with other smaller 4/4 cocobolo, mahogany, and others that im not really sure what they are. I said Papa you have a goldmine here, he looked at me a laughed after telling him the prices of some of these woods. He couldn’t believe that he had 40 plus year old wood worth a fortune sitting there. Long story short he has given me tons of it and i have also helped him sell a lot of it because of how much there is. So back to the entertainment center. The biggest piece of lignum was 3ft thick 32in wide and 10ft long., yes you read that right. I had to use my tractor to move it and it was not small feat. Im super thankful of him letting me have that kind of rare amazing wood and wanted to show it off for everyone to see. The rest of the cabinet is cherry and quartersawn red oak. Im happy with the end result but working with lignum is no joke its SO Hard and a pain to mill up but it looks awesome in the end. Also my wife about killed me when we had to move it into the house from the shop.

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#1 posted 01-23-2018 10:28 PM


That top is worth it’s weight in something expensive 8^)

I love hearing these kind of “find” stories, it inspires hope!

Your center looks great, even without the drool worthy slab on top!

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#2 posted 01-23-2018 11:40 PM

What makes you so sure it’s lignum vitae?

“3ft thick 32in wide and 10ft long”

By the stats and pictures I’ve been able to find, the tree is typically only 20-30 feet tall, and the trunks tend to be crooked and not nearly those diameters.

Maybe its from the biggest LV tree ever found…

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#3 posted 01-23-2018 11:49 PM

My first impressions were: “I love that top” . Now I know why. I’m making an entertainment center too, out of mahogany. It’ll be posted as soon as I can get the oil finish on it. Nice job!

-- tel

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 03:03 AM

Great job. Looks professional!

-- I could quit if I wanted

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 12:15 PM

Great story, and lovely stereo center sir.

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#6 posted 01-24-2018 02:39 PM

You did a nice job on this beautiful entertainment center.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-24-2018 06:48 PM

Do you really mean “3 ft thick” or 3 inches thick? I can’t imagine a piece of wood with those dimensions coming from that tree. A tree would have to be more than 4 feet diameter to get a piece that size from it.

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#8 posted 01-26-2018 02:44 AM

Too answer the two questions, I dont know 100% if its lignum however we sold a ton of it to some pretty highend companies. With the prices they paid us i would think they knew what they were talking about ha. I have done a little research and found way back in the day they had some pretty massive lignum trees, like many other trees we have overcut over the years.

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