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OldBull

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11-26-2021 02:43 PM

Good morning,

I realize personal preference of a woodworker should be king but in this case I am seeking personal and professional opinions of the community.

My Leopardwood has a long figured side and a short choppy seperated side. Each board I have has one side of each. This is for a jewelry box. I see things very differently than some folks sometimes so I am asking what you think, Long, or small choppy figuring for the outside?

I would Appreciate your subjective opinion

Donny
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gdaveg

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#1 posted 11-26-2021 03:10 PM

If I were picking which grain pattern to use, it would be the “long” (left side piece).

But that is me and have not worked with Leopard Wood yet. Did look at some last week at the lumber store.

But sure either side will look great.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#2 posted 11-26-2021 03:42 PM

My general rule is to use the finer-scale figure on smaller items and the larger on bigger items.

You can have a board with great figure, but when cut into smaller pieces, that grain display can get lost and turn into parts with a few odd spots here and there.

From the looks of it, either of your boards should display well on a box, but keep the scale in mind when designing and deciding on a box size.

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#3 posted 11-26-2021 03:42 PM

I would pick whatever way that all sides looked the most congruent

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Knockonit

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#4 posted 11-26-2021 04:18 PM



I would pick whatever way that all sides looked the most congruent

- SMP

ditto, or if mistake is made, flip it over. lol its great to have two to choose from.

rj in az

-- Living the dream

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OldBull

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#5 posted 11-26-2021 04:24 PM

Thanks for the opinions I asked a woman as well and she said short choppy so I guess I go with that for now,
Thanks again everyone. By the way, Short side is the most consistent / alike.

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#6 posted 11-26-2021 05:05 PM

you’re correct, this comes down to personal choice. I love working with Leopardwood and have used it a lot.

My choice always yields to an overall grain match in a project. If you have the long grain that will cover your perimeter then do that, if not then match with the short. Long winded way of saying match all four sides.

My eye usually pulls me to the shorter choppier grain pattern.

-- The only thing not measured in my shop is time

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OldBull

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#7 posted 11-26-2021 06:52 PM



you re correct, this comes down to personal choice. I love working with Leopardwood and have used it a lot.

My choice always yields to an overall grain match in a project. If you have the long grain that will cover your perimeter then do that, if not then match with the short. Long winded way of saying match all four sides.

My eye usually pulls me to the shorter choppier grain pattern.

- bugradx2

Thank you @bugradx2, Any tips, hints etc for working with leopardwood, glue choice/color maybe ???
I have already learned a few things, still trying to pick them out of my fingers and cloths !!
Thanks for any insight.

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drsurfrat

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#8 posted 11-30-2021 10:55 PM

I just made a round box with a leopard wood lid. When I bought the board, two guys at the mill wouldn’t touch it to cut it, and waited for a third guy who wasn’t sensitized. I react violently to poison ivy, but the leopard wood did nothing to me. I would still be careful, even if you don’t react initially, you might sensitize. I used a paper mask (don’t have a respirator), and washed off as soon as I was done.

It is kind of oily, so maybe before gluing, wipe the glue surfaces down with acetone.

I love the stufff, and it works really well. slightly chippy, but sands to a very smooth finish (for a porous wood)

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#9 posted 12-01-2021 01:19 AM

I’m also severely allergic to lacewood.
I remember it has a unique texture and density
Good Luck with your project

-- Aj

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#10 posted 12-01-2021 04:48 AM

I love lacewood- it’s beautiful. I have a couple of pieces. I hope it doesn’t do to me what some padauk did. Or maybe it was bloodwood. Talk about nasal allergies…and a nasty rash!

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

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