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Old 07-09-2010, 05:09 PM   #1636
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Shedua left...lacewood right
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Bubinga left...bird's eye maple right...

Anyone have a preference?
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Bubinga is my preference.
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Thanks...I like that one too.
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There's a place up in Northern Michigan where they grow Birdseye Maple's. A gentleman told me just a few weeks ago that when they load the trucks with these maples and haul them out of the woods, they have to have a police escort until the truck reaches it's destination. The wood is so valuable that people will hijack the truck otherwise.

I'll have to wait to pick which kind of wood to use until I see what the table top looks like when it has a few coats of varathane. They're all very pretty, but the canary caught my eye.

Which one holds up best out in the weather?
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There's a place up in Northern Michigan where they grow Birdseye Maple's. A gentleman told me just a few weeks ago that when they load the trucks with these maples and haul them out of the woods, they have to have a police escort until the truck reaches it's destination. The wood is so valuable that people will hijack the truck otherwise.

I'll have to wait to pick which kind of wood to use until I see what the table top looks like when it has a few coats of varathane. They're all very pretty, but the canary caught my eye.

Which one holds up best out in the weather?
I have heard that about several kinds of trees. Whether or not it's true I don't know. Birdseye isn't that uncommon, and actually whether or not a maple has the birdseye feature or not depends on a number of factors. As much luck as anything.

OK, the boards will have the butterfly joints installed before any varnishing gets done. The butterfly becomes part and parcel of the board at that point...you'll see.

As for weathering, I'll check on that, but I suspect that all of them would outlast the arbutus.
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First up, almost all these woods have a variety of different names, with the exception of birdseye maple. Everyone seems to agree on that. I doubt the maple would be durable outside.

The canarywood is not durable.

The zebrawood is termite resistant, but not durable as well as being unstable.

Shedua, or amazakoue, or gabon ovanko, or mozambique, or ovengkol is moderately durable.

Lacewood has fair resistance to decay, but has other problems.

Bubinga, also known by a variety of other names is moderately durable, takes finishes well and is moderately easy to work.

None of these woods is what you could call "easy" to work.

It appears that Bubinga may win by default. It is also an exceptionally strong wood.
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More shiny things...got the hinges screwed on to the bits of plywood this afternoon. Now I have a cover...of sorts.
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Did you bring the different varieties of wood with you to the island, or did you find the trees in the bay?

The lid looks nice. I was wondering though, how deep is the hot tub and what else do you have to do to it before you can start using it?
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Did you bring the different varieties of wood with you to the island, or did you find the trees in the bay?

The lid looks nice. I was wondering though, how deep is the hot tub and what else do you have to do to it before you can start using it?
Not much chance of finding trees like these here! With the possible exception of the maple. The rest are from central Africa or central or south America.

These particular pieces I got from a Canadian supplier, intended for fingerboards for bass guitars.

Tub is just under 4' deep. Still have to make a setup for the plumbing, and a seat or two inside the tub.
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The spot that had the deterioration doesn't look bad at all now.
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Don't forget a hook to hang your trunks / towel on.
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The towel I understand, but the trunks...???
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The spot that had the deterioration doesn't look bad at all now.
It might be a case of looks being a bit deceiving. The wood itself has lost some of its' density there.

Unprotected arbutus is subject to getting a fungal growth if it stays damp for too long. Even though the wood was covered, I think this is what happened.

It hasn't gone punky or anything like that, but it is definitely not the same as nice new wood.
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The two halves are being glued up here. You can't see much, but they came together quite well. Gluing up curves is a bit tricky sometimes.
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