Woods I am currently working with

Oka

Oka
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Hi All, Thought I would share some of the woods I am currently working with. Besides Mahogany, Oak, Cherry, Beech and Maple, I have a fair amount of other woods.

For some reason these are available in the Islands, Australian Iron Wood, Koa, mango and Monkey Pod, there are others I use Including Iroko, Afrormosia, Paduk, Katalox and Cumaru

I just started cutting and planing for a table(s) using this as the accent Afrormosia(African teak) and Iroko. Mostly because I have a bunch of strips of 1x3-1x4.

The Afromosia is a bit waxy to the touch and it looks kinda on the yellow side until it is oiled or finished then it gets more brown. But, the Iroko is a rich brown with nice graining and cuts and finishes similar to Maple. It's also is roughly the same hardness as Maple. It finishes out to a deep color similar to Black Walnut.

I enclosed a pix with a piece of white Oak for reference. I ll post pixs of the table as soon as it is done
 

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Bas

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Bas
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The Iroko looks beautiful, almost like teak. Should be a nice looking table!
 

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Bill
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Great to see these unusual woods. I do like Katalox as an ebony substitute. Where do you buy these?
 

Oka

Oka
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I bought a bunch of wood at a closing business auction. I ended up with about 1500 bd ft of wood 65% is oak and 3 types Mahogany. The rest is just some really random stuff, I ended up with about 18 different types of wood.

Katalox, since you are on the mainland there is a company in California, I ll see if I can find the name, they sell Katalox and the Mexican/Central American Rosewood for a pretty decent price.

@Chris C out here in Hawaii, we occasionally get Pallets made of Teak........ not the greatest quality but, free is free.
 

Oka

Oka
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here is the test mock up is showing it in better light and I put some olive oil on it so it would photo better. # 3 is the tops back side so you can see it is mahogany
mockups (1).jpg
 

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