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I met a guy through CL today who is retiring and moving south, so selling his huge collection of wood. I picked up a few *gems*. I got two pieces of mahogany, one piece of 5/4 that's 15"x60" (close-up in "wood species") and a 4/4 about 6"x 7'. Two pieces of beautifully figured mahogany-like wood (close-up in "wood species") 4/4 about 5"x7' and two pieces of 4/4 birds-eye maple, one 5-1/2x7' and the other 8"x8'.

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Sweet!! Nice score....especially the BirdsEye.
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Are you going to tell us what you paid for it, or are you afraid of getting a "You suck"?

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Hi Jim

The Maple is great buy not to down play the mahogany. I find birds eye and curly maple very pleasing to my eye when finished.

Great find, now what are you building?

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Are you going to tell us what you paid for it, or are you afraid of getting a "You suck"?
I didn't try to steal it from the guy, paying $7/BF for the mahogany and $10 for the birds-eye, but he was very generous (to me) when measuring the BF, subtracting feet in length in the BE where it narrowed or had a little bark.

Up here in Alaska, there's two other ways to get specialty wood. The only cost-effective one is for me to go to my local supplier and have them order it from their suppliers, pre-pay sight unseen, and wait 3-6 weeks, paying 50% or more premium to what I paid. The other is to order it from the exotics suppliers directly and paying far more in shipping than even the wood.

I haven't decided for sure what to do with it.. With its size and shape I'm thinking the mahogany might make a good center panel for a coffee table. I'm trying to decide if a 3" band of birdseye around the perimeter would be a waste or ??

I'm open to suggestions!

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Hi Jim

I am always one for the unusual and did a small bathroom cabinet for my daughter using curly maple side and front, birds eye maple back, and trimmed with walnut. That was a quite a stew of woods. It turned out OK and the contrast was surprising.

I suggest you do what Scott does (son) if I like it he changes, saying something silly about my taste.

I am sure no matter what you do it will look great.

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Nice score Jim!

Don't know how you're set for storing your hand tools?... Using the mahogony for sides/frame material, and the birdseye for panel material, bet you would have enough for a very nice wall mounted tool chest with plane till and chisel racks. Nice stuff there...
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Hmm... I hadn't *considered* that, Bob.. I'd be loathe to cut down that large piece of mahogany but there's a smaller piece too. I don't have a *lot* of good hand tools, but have eight nice Veritas hand planes resting in a drawer. They'd sure look good in a mahogany & birds-eye frame.. and be handy too!

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Ok I'll say it. You SUCK! LOL
I LOVE the bird's eye. Heck I love it all. I have really come to enjoy collecting and using exotic woods. I am even collecting veneers of exotics now. They make great linings for small boxes.
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lmao, Deb...

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