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2 more big boxes showed up from K&G today.



Killer Koa, Old Stock Amboyna, Rotten Maple and Wrinkled/Spotted Redwood.
I am getting delirious. I need a day off. Stefan, come help me clean this stuff up.
 

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What the . . . OMG.

There is some awesome looking stuff in there!!!
 

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The wood will a crusty residue on the exterior. Plus some moves a bit during the stabilizing process.
My clean up process is I first scrape off some of the gunk on 1 side of the block.
Then I run the blocks through my drum sander to remove the gunk on both sides as well as make the blocks flat and even thickness.
Next I trim the edged to make them square to the face.
After that 120 grit sanding on the stationary belt sander, then 220 grit with a palm sander.
Spray with a light coat of lacquer and take pictures.

Doing it this way takes away the guesswork about what a piece is going to look like.

Some of the redwood is going to look like thuya burl. Plus there is some strange stuff too.

Speaking of thuya burl, I am buying a batch of old stock thuya in a couple weeks. It is expensive so I need you guys to spend tons of money so I can afford it.
Just teasing, I have already set aside the money for that purchase.
 

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Quite a process Mark. Thanks for the explanation.

I guess you don't really know what you have until you are done cleaning them up (sort of like developing film in the old days). I imagine it's kind of fun/exciting, if time consuming and a bit dirty!
 

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Mark, i want to come spend a weekend helping you...Just so i can play with all of this cool wood :D Aside from that...I see a few pieces i am going to do my best to aquire.
 

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Mike, Ill arm wrestle ya for them! lol :)

Great looking stuff Mark! as always Im watching and waiting! ;)
 

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Mark, i want to come spend a weekend helping you...Just so i can play with all of this cool wood :D Aside from that...I see a few pieces i am going to do my best to aquire.
Aren't you coming out this way in April?
 

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Still at the beach but I had to look at this.

St.
 

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A friend of mine stopped at It's a Burl last week and bought 3 pieces for me from the 2 and 3 dollar bins! One is a chunk of maple burl that looks promising, the other 2 are really checked and wet. He had fun, though, and was very impressed by the operation. We may do a motorcycle ride down there when the weather warms just for fun.
 

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Unfortunately i cannot make it....I was really hoping to be able to....But with the new baby, and work and everything, it is not looking promising...
 

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Had a friend here who had a 11h stopover and we had a great day. I clearly need to get out more. But I had looked at this thread and the woods really sound promising, can't wait to see what they look like. Not that I am likely to buy any before I find out whether I will have a job in August... BUT: Mark, we have to talk thuya, that's the only wood on my list (except for the standing order on spalted Hawaiian signature wood...). And one of my favorites, too.

Stefan
 

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Stefan you don't want to see this thuya Mark is getting, well that is if it's the same stuff as the block I just got from him. Your bank account will suffer!

 

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less talking more sanding... Lets get that amazing stuff in the web store!
 

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Stefan you don't want to see this thuya Mark is getting, well that is if it's the same stuff as the block I just got from him. Your bank account will suffer!

This is what I want.....Love this stuff.
 

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Beautiful stuff. Mark, is that stabilized? With thuya, I never know what to do, I definitely like it better unstabilized but it can be a bit brittle.

Stefan
 
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