Favorite Exotic Woods
Issue: Issue 336
Posted Date: 10/8/2013
Last week, Woodworker's Journal senior editor Chris Marshall spiffied up a Convertible Step Stool with some nicely contrasting woods (mahogany and padauk, in case you're wondering), which led us to pose the question to our Woodworker's Journal Facebook readers: "What's the coolest exotic wood you've ever used in a project?" Here's what we found out. - Editor
"Sapele. Just a gorgeous exotic hardwood and very tough. Just a word of warning. ..your tools WILL need sharpening when you work with this wood." - Adrian R.
"Purpleheart. Very hard wood. Pretty when finished, though." - Jerry W.
"Just finished a padauk, walnut and maple flute. Made a zebra flute. Working on a purpleheart, padauk and cherry flute and about to do a purpleheart and yellowheart flute (for LSU fans) and also made a walnut and canary flute. Oh, and about to do an all-padauk flute."" - Marc B.
"Here is a turntable base that I built for my brother from pomele sapele." - Ed D.
"Love using padauk and yellowheart" - Chris D.
So, how about the rest of you? Do you have any favorite exotics to use? Share in the comments or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. - Editor
Jigs You Have Built
So, after we threw down the gauntlet in last eZine's WebSurfer's Review, we did hear from a few more Woodworker's Journal readers about the first jigs they ever built. Let us talk a walk down memory lane ... - Editor
"I cannot say I am much past the "elementary" stage, but the first jig I built was a crosscut sled for my table saw. A piece of used 1/2" plywood and a couple pine boards. I keep looking at it and thinking I should make a nicer one, but then I just pull it out and use it again. The second one is a jig for cutting box joints. Most of my jigs end up being special purpose and get disassembled when the project is done." - Dwain U.
"I've built several jigs. My favorite is the table saw sled with an adjustable throat for using a dado blade. I also built a tapering jig and have several specialty router jigs for doing special routing work." - Gary H.
"Just got into woodworking. So far, built a jig for dovetails in the corners of two chessboards." - Randy F.