I retrieved some pallets that came fro Australia.The address was stamped and
also stapled on by the supplier. I noticed that the wood was blood red
inside and out. The wood was planed and is absolutely beautiful.I suspect
that it is red African mahogany anyone want to straighten me out on this
issues and is it ok to incorporate it into a piece of furniture.Will it
shrink or exand and cause problems in different climates,Can it be used
I'm goin gto let you slide on the membership fee 'til after the first....
Big of me, eh? Anyway, it could be bloodwood. I don't know how much of it
you have, but before you decide to use it for furniture, you might want to
check its' moisture content. If it is too high (in the teens) it could give
trouble. Others will also invariably have their opinion, but it *is*
something you should be aware of.
Anything that would look good in a deep red wood.
I've used pallet wood with good success. I usually store it for six months
to a year or so and have not had shrinkage problems after that. I've brought
home a couple of good looking pieces and found they were not as good looking
a few months later though. Sort of a crap shoot as pallet wood is often the
cheaper poorer grades. It is not dried as well as the furniture grades and
is prone to split more when it does dry. A board my be 4" x 48", but you
may only get 3" x 16" of good quality from it.
I like to make smaller pieces so that is not a big problem for me. 50%
waste from free wood is still a good deal. Be sure to clean the wood before
putting through the planer and keep a set of blades just for those first
couple of passes. DAMHIKT.
How about the grain? Is it coarse (as it would be for Australian red gum)
or fine (if bloodwood). If the pallets came from Australia, that's
another vote for the former. It's used down under for fence posts and
Is there any way you can post a pic in apbw?
African Mahogany isn't red, at least none that I have ever seen. More
like a light pinkish brown, usually. Sometimes it's a bit darker, maybe a
reddish brown, but not blood red.
Blood-red pallet stock, eh? There's no way anyone would relegate
bloodwood or padauk to pallets, is there? Just musing; I really don't
think it would be one of those two. A pic would help.
If you can get all the metal out of it, go for it! Who cares what kind of
wood it is, if it looks good!
If it's wood, it will shrink and expand with moisture changes. Some
species are worse than others. Just make sure it's dry enough, use good
joinery and construction techniques, and hope for the best. More often
than not, it'll come out fine. Either way, you'll learn something in the
process. With time, you'll be able to better deal with the "difficult"
woods, but the only real way to learn it is to do it, IMHO.
That's a harder question, and better answered if the species can be
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