Do you ever run across a wood species at your lumber supplier that’s brand new, but you don’t know where to learn more about it? That often happens for me when I’m experimenting with new turning woods. The yard help or store clerks don’t always know, either.
Before I dive into using a new type of wood, I think it’s wise to find out what its working characteristics are and what, if any, health implications there may be to cutting, sanding or even handling it. You’ll definitely want these kinds of details to prepare for gluing or finishing.
Well, thanks to the internet, databases abound for just about everything these days — even unique types of wood. Recently I reported on Woodworkers Source for our “Industry Interview” in issue 233 of our eZine. If you didn’t happen to read that article, here’s a link to it: