I would like to pick the brain of someone who has had some experience
working with Cocobollo. I have a chance to acquire a a decent amount
ot a low cost and wanted to learn more about the nuisancess. If there
is anyone out there who's worked with the species shoot me email so we
can take the conversation off-line. firstname.lastname@example.org
I used it to make some drawer pulls. It is a very dense wood and has a
tendency to chip-out easily when working. Some people are sensitive to the
saw dust so use a dust mask when cutting. If you sand it down to 220 grit
it takes on a polished look.
Your shop will smell nice after cutting it!
Along with the other replies regarding this, take the above warning
seriously. I know of several turners who have been hospitalized with
their reactions to Cocobolo. It can trigger an allergic reaction that
builds up from repeated exposures to quite serious complications.
From <http://www.iswonline.com/wwp/wom/cocobolo.cfm :
Also note that last sentence - it's no exaggeration.
You mean aesthetics?
Cocobolo looks drop-dead gorgeous, like a delicious dessert. It
finishes very well, as smooth as you want it to be, and has tiny veins
of glittering silicate tracing through the figure.
I haven't determined the allergen yet, though cocobolo is high on the
list (right after metal):
1. Itchy rash on upper chest, inner arms, waistband
2. weird nodules on my hands, especially the index finger and thumb (is
that what a hive is?) and tingling in the hands.
3. No respiratory reaction, however.
4. Later, small patches of skin flaking off my fingertips.
Metal is number one on my list, primarily becase I was last sanding
spring steel the night before I got the reaction (bare hands... no
gloves), because I didn't get a respiratory response (and the
distribution of the rash suggested something spread from on my hands
rather than something all over me like the wood dust would've been), and
because it'd been over a week since I'd last worked with cocobolo.
On 8 May 2006 13:45:57 -0700, email@example.com wrote:
I've turned it several times, never used it on "flat work"...
It cuts very well on the band saw and sands well.. It's an oily wood so you will
load up paper faster..
Because of the oil, it finishes (on a bowl, anyway) with just sanding and a trip
to the buffer... looks like hours were spent on a hand rubbed surface!
As with other woods, no 2 pieces of CB are created equal... I've made pens from
2 sections of the same board and one was smooth and the other grainy and maybe
I haven't had any problems with skin or air contact but be careful with any
wood, especially exotics..
I was given a bunch of cutoffs by a dear friend who had a flooring
business (obviously he did other jobs in addition to floors). It is
quite dark until you plane/sand it. I made a couple of boxes out of it,
finished with shellac (if memory serves). I would have to consult a
book or two, but I did wipe the glue edges with alcohol or mineral
spirits or acetone or ?? The boxes are still sturdy (no metal
fasteners). And the color is fascinating: yellow and brown mix. I
didn't have any allergy problems. YMMV so be careful.
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