has anybody had any experience using "roasted hardwood". I have a sample coming next week it is a cooked maple or birch to make it look like walnut. Thanks Joe
I've used it a bit. Some interesting properties. Some species are better than others for brittleness. I found birch to be pretty bad for checking though that was a couple years ago and I've heard the process has gotten better. I find roasted red oak is quite good. The appearance is amazing and the cutting, planing, turning all goes well if you start with a solid piece. Suppose to be rot resistant so it is great for outdoor decking.
Get ready to have your shop smell like a campfire!
AHH, come on fellows, that what we call fireplace ashes down here in TX. ha,ha
Is this something you make pens from or is it for larger projects? Don't forget to post a picture of what you make! Interesting, or is my leg getting longer!
I wouldn't say that it can be used as you would use any hardwood. Roasted oak is at least half the weight of KD and the strength properties are radically changed. It is great for decorative panels (can get it veneered to melamine). I would be very careful using it for thin structural members like you would see on a shaped chair or coffee table. That said I think it would be great for tabletops. The price is not outlandish either...slightly more than KD oak in my area.