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Forum topic by trsnider posted 07-24-2018 06:33 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-24-2018 06:33 PM

Does anyone have a good (cheap) source for ebony? I need it for Greene & Greene furniture, not pen blanks or other small stuff.

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 06:34 PM


The words cheap and ebony are generally not used in the same sentence

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#2 posted 07-24-2018 07:25 PM

Don’t dismiss pen blanks so quickly since they are a nice size to get many G&G pieces from and are the ebony sizes that most often can be found “on sale”.

Larger blanks cost more on a price per pound comparison and rarely are seen on sale.
You can also substitute other woods and for the ultimate in low-budget, you can use maple dyed with India Ink or other black colorant (nobody probably will ever notice).

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#3 posted 07-24-2018 07:51 PM

Found some turning blanks on Etsy that were a good price so add that to the list.

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#4 posted 07-25-2018 12:29 AM

Think about persimmon. Sometimes called American ebony or white ebony. It is in the ebony family. If you ebonize it (dye it black), it should work fine.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 04:53 PM

Look here. 1/4” x 1/4” x 18” long for $6.80 If you need other dimensions I’d contact him by phone.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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