Rosewood and Curly Maple

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Project by Bill posted 09-13-2013 02:35 PM 3930 views 11 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently scored some exotic lumber from someone who had it in their garage for twenty years. It has been a pleasure and a challenge to use this lumber. A lot of it is starting to dry rot, and is very brittle, but still has exceptional beauty underneath. I have always heard old timers talk about how much better old lumber was, and I finally get to see first hand what they are talking about.

This box is rosewood and curly maple, and the reds that are visible in the box move as you walk by it, and is extremely rich and deep. It is 5×10ish, and is finished with 6 coats of wipe on poly. The top was carved with a holey galahad.

Sometimes, and I hope everyone gets to experience this, You step back from a project in disbelief at how beautiful it turned out.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 09-13-2013 02:40 PM


-- "Still Learning"

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 03:05 PM

Nicely done. That holey galahad gives me an idea. How well does it hold up? Say for roughing out a bowl both front and back.

-- Jim, Michigan

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#3 posted 09-13-2013 03:06 PM

Absolutely beautiful!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 09-13-2013 03:14 PM

I love it! I made a couple of projects with “old hard wood”, the beauty of wood that comes from old growth trees is phenomenal. Absolutely stunning.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 09-13-2013 03:31 PM

You can even see the depth of the rosewood in your photos. You did it justice. Thanks for the link on the disk you used.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#6 posted 09-13-2013 03:41 PM

Really clean-looking box. I love how the carving on the top is accented by the straight sides.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 04:24 PM

Love the style of this box and of course the great wood you used to make it with too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-13-2013 04:43 PM

Added to my favorites list, I like the simple color contrast. It’s a sharp and crisp looking box finish.

I found a similar stack of lumber, 20+ years of storage, very dry with some ends dry rot. Mine is figured, spaulted, maple. 6/4 thickness, 12” +/- 3” widths and 16 foot lengths and 20 boards. paid $ 300. Will make nice table tops one day and boxes. Some patterns look like tiger coat stripes.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 09-13-2013 05:50 PM

Great work with those exceptional woods!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 09-13-2013 05:58 PM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 09-13-2013 06:48 PM

Hickory hill… I have been using my galahad for over a year on some pretty tough woods, and it is still going strong. My next project is going to be making a bowl with the galahad out of oak crotchwood, and I will let you know how it goes.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#13 posted 09-13-2013 08:42 PM

No doubt about it, you deserve all the accolades heaped on you by your fellow craftsmen for taking the giant step from craftsman to artist ! You do deserve the title ! The works speaks for you !

Don S. Havana Florida

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#14 posted 09-13-2013 09:30 PM

Very nice work! These 2 species look wonderful together. I would like to see a photo of the inside of the box.
Thanks for the link to the disk.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#15 posted 09-13-2013 10:11 PM

That is classy work indeed

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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