I like the lacewood or padauk. The padauk will coat your whole shop in a
nice red-orange dust, but the end result is outstanding.
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On Tue, 02 Dec 2003 12:21:53 GMT, "David F. Eisan"
is this box for the new girlfriend? my wife loves lacewood and
gravitates to any box ive done which contains that wood. my personal
choice would be rosewood which has some of the nicest grain ive seen.
another choice would be maybe a hunk of burl. finally, you may want to
consider some plain ol pine or poplar and get some outrageous veneer
to cover it up with. many women do not really appreciate the exotic
woods, or any wood for that matter. im betting she'd be more taken by
the design than the wood that went in to making it. when it comes to
making something for my wife, this phrase goes into every
consideration of design and construction ....'simple but elegant'....
disregard this post if you are making the box for a guy.
On Tue, 02 Dec 2003 12:21:53 +0000, David F. Eisan wrote:
Ok, I will throw my 2 cents worth in. I vote for the curly maple. My
personal preference is birdseye maple. Lacewood is pretty but kind of
hard to work. I have found that I need to block sand it by hand to
maintain a flat surface. Bubinga and red gum are pretty but I would think
they are better suited to larger projects, although if you can find a good
piece of curly bubinga or "waterfall" bubinga it would be nice for a small
box (use sharp tools, the stuff is hard as a rock and dust burns the
nose). If you prefer a red colored wood I have seen some Wenge that is
very pretty, and for a darker colored wood ebony is hard to beat but may
be pricy. If you have a chance to look around some dark curly walnut
makes really pretty boxes but my preferences lean toward lighter colored
IMHO, I think you should go to your local lumber supplier
and dig thru his stock of domestics and exotics and look
for something out of the ordinary. I have found that even
regular domestics can have some of the flashiest grain
patterns if you search thru them.
I just built a box for a Christmas gift and wasn't even
really looking at the grain pattern when I picked up some ash.
Just looking for low cost (gift for the SWMBO's friends). When
I applied an oil finish to it I started noticing that I'd been
blessed with some ash w/ an incredible grain pattern and
off-the-wall vein like reddish streaks. After applying the final
finish it looks like curly maple with some extras. Now I'm
disappointed that I didn't keep the wood for my own use.
Oh well, SWMBO wanted and she got.
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