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Archive for September, 2009

All Exotic Woods: 25% off or MORE, October 1-31!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

exotic_woods_promoI have a suspicion you may have been eyeballing some exotic, pretty woods but you just weren’t sure if you were ready.

Or maybe you thought they were out of your budget.

Well, no longer.

Throughout the month of October, consider yourself out of excuses. read more

A 170-Pound Purple Heart & Red Oak Table by Doug Johnson

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009
Red oak and purple heart table by Doug Johnson

Red oak and purple heart table by Doug Johnson

This thing’s a beauty!

To help display red oak and purple heart (two featured woods this month) in a finished project, Doug Johnson built a table using both woods together.  Doug is the store manager of the Woodworkers Source Tempe location, and you can come by the store to get a look at the table if you want.

When you see it up close, you’ll realize it’s more than a table, it’s more like a 170-pound workbench . . .  one that you’d probably consider too nice for a exposing to the rigors of a woodworking shop.

He made the top butcher block style: uniform 2-1/8″ wide strips of lumber turned on edge and glued together to make the full width means it’s super strong and super stable.  He also laminated the legs to form 3-inch squares, and included a vented bottom shelf.  The overall dimensions came to 36″ tall, 36″ wide, and 72″ long. read more

Exotic Woods Take a 10,000-mile Journey Down the Amazon

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Down in the Amazon, we have a long time connection who keeps us informed about interesting woods and timber projects.

Keith Stephens steps off a water taxi after checking out logs in Peru

Keith Stephens steps off a water taxi after checking out logs in Peru

Before you think that sounds like a great job, consider the heat, the bugs, the bureaucracy, the red tape, the “we’ll get to your requests mañana” culture shock, the joys of long flights, delayed boats, slow buses, and then the half-dozen or so immunizations via needle you need to get before embarking on an Amazon wood expedition.  Glamorous?  I don’t know about that part. read more