Imbuia Blanket Chest
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I lucked into a stash of Imbuis (Brazilian Walnut) several years ago. That stash has been collecting dust in my shed until now.  Most of the boards were 6" - 8" wide so I was able to run them through the tailed jointer and planer. I did have a few wider boards that I had to flatten one one side with hand planes. 

This board was the worst. Not a great pick, but you can see the winding sticks and how out of flat this board is. Note the strip of purple heart on the rear winding stick. This board is 8' long. I had to cut the length down in half. The saving grace was that it was 5/4 - 6/4 thick. I say that because the thickness varied along the length.   No progress picks, but I filled a trash can of shavings just from this one board (cut in two). It became the rear panel for a blanket chest build. 

   

I am now at the point where all the main panels are glued, and cut to size and i am ready to start cutting dovetails. The front and side panels are curly quarter sawn while the back panel that caused issues with flattening, is flat sawn. The wood is not an easy wood to hand plane. I am finding the best luck with low angle bevel up planes. Even then, there is still sections of tear out here and there. This is going to have a Bermuda style to it with turned feet. 

   
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  Re: Imbuia Blanket Chest by Scoony (I lucked into a stas...)
That should be a knockout!

I have a different glue-up I did at a small scale with QS red oak, and now I'm fearing the 180-degree shift in chatoyance (sp?) across the glue gap will bother me.  I may re-do mine.

Keep us posted...
Chris
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  Re: RE: Imbuia Blanket Chest by C. in Indy (That should be a kno...)
(03-31-2021, 06:53 AM)C. in Indy Wrote: That should be a knockout!

I have a different glue-up I did at a small scale with QS red oak, and now I'm fearing the 180-degree shift in chatoyance (sp?) across the glue gap will bother me.  I may re-do mine.

Keep us posted...

I tried to match up the grain as best I could and did not notice the direction of the curl until I stood above and took the pic.   I am not going to change anything at this point.
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