For this thrilling addition of Wood-Lover Wednesday, we’re going to learn about the beautiful Bocote! Though this species is native to Mexico & Central/South America, I only had to trek as far as AdvantageLumber.com to spy it’s magnificence! Take a look!
As you can see, Bocote has a yellowish brown body with brown/blackish figuring on flatsawn areas as well as ‘eyes’ that, unlike knots, don’t present any machining issues. Bocote darkens with age and has a Janka hardness of 2,010. Sparse amounts of silica means that it machines pretty well & it’s not oily enough for gluing to be a problem. It’s zebra-like contrasts lend itself to being used to build Fine Furniture & turned objects. Keep in mind that Bocote is quite heavy & somewhat expensive, but it’s stunning grain is worth every penny if you ask me!
I’m envisioning bookmatched ‘faces’ as a table top, or heck, you could frame Bocote and call it a day! ;) What stunning masterpieces would you form with Bocote?
For this Wood Lover Wednesday, I traveled to my local lumber supplier to sneak a peek of some stunningly beautiful Cocobolo. Thanks to the awesome folks at AdvantageLumber.com, this humble wood lover was able to snap a pic of this gorgeous Cocobolo slab!!
Cocobolo is a very dense, tropical hardwood (Dalbergia retusa) & is extremely oily with a floral odor. It’s heartwood is an orange/reddish brown color with a figuring of irregular black stripes. Only the heartwood of this beautiful tree is used, tho as you can see in the above pic, the sapwood is a creamy yellow with a clear delineation in between. Cocobolo is known to cause allergic reactions because of it’s high oil content so a mask is advised while working + if gluing up, I recommend wiping surfaces to be glued with acetone to attain proper adhesion. This wood stands up to water very well, making it ideal for knife handles and gun grips. It can be polished to a lustrous, glossy finish & has a Janka hardness of 2260. Due to Cocobolo’s amazing resonant properties, it is a fine choice for acoustic guitars. Not much of this rare wood exists out of national parks & reserves, so it’s uniqueness is worth the hefty price tag.
Yolo! Splurge on some Cocobolo & share your wonders here! ;D
So, I’ve always wanted an entryway console table, a place to throw keys, change, sunglasses, etc. when I get home… but, it’s a little hard when you don’t have a formal foyer, lol! Despite that, I tried to create an official entryway in our home using this console table I built, shoe basket, a rug, and mirror! :D
This was a fairly easy build… I didn’t have to chop the tree down and plane the slab, hehe! For the top, I simply found a live edge piece of walnut online, finished it with two coats of high gloss spar urethane, glued a piece of plywood under it to ensure that none of the live edge bark falls off since I don’t know what season it was cut down in + I made a cleat for the install by cutting a rectangle out of this plywood. Then for the rest of this piece, I simply built, veneered, and stained a drawer box out of 3/4″ birch plywood for my little guys’ sunglasses & attached the box with screws onto the underside of the slab. I probably would have left it floating if I didn’t have little monkeys in the house. ;) To finish it off, I added a single hairpin leg to give it a cantilevered look & a modern feel!