Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12''

Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12''

$10.99 ea.

1-4 $10.99 ea.
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Chechem Turning Squares: 1-3/4" x 1-3/4" x 12''

These turning squares are cut from premium kiln dried lumber. They're ready to be turned into furniture spindles, table legs, small accessories (letter openers, utensils, etc), and other fine woodworking projects.

About Chechem (Metopium browneii)

Weight

4.75

lbs /Bd. Ft.
32.68% heavier than red oak (3.58 /bd. ft.)
Hardness

2200

Janka Rating
70.54% harder than red oak (1290 psi)
Density

0.74

Specific Gravity
15.62% more dense than red oak (.64)

General Workability
Good 4/10
Red Oak

Wood Texture
V. Fine 2/10
Red Oak

Ease of Finishing
Easy 2/10
Red Oak

map of where Chechem tree grows
Chechem is an exotic wood from Latin America

A remarkably pretty wood with lots of variation and character. Texture is fine and uniform, pores barely visible; grain often interlocked. The wood works with some difficulty due to its hardness and density, and sharp tools must be used. Easy to finish and takes an excellent polish.

color of Chechem
Color Range
Dark reddish brown to golden brown or tan with lots of variation and alternating color.
the Chechem tree
What's The Tree Like?
Medium trees reaching up to 50 feet in height with a diameter of 18-24". Sap is said to be caustic and should be avoided, but the wood is not poisonous
other names for Chechem
Other Names
Black poisonwood, Caribbean Rosewood, Chechem, Chechem negro, Chechen, Poisontree, Rosewood
uses for Chechem
Some Typical Uses
Furniture, flooring, turnery, accessories, musical instruments, small parts, cutting boards, picture frames, jewelry boxes

lumber random widths Random Widths
You will cut and/or glue to create the sizes you need
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Surfaced Smooth S2S
We buy rough sawn lumber and have it surfaced 2 sides (S2S) so you're ready to work
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber Kiln Dried
We stock kiln dried lumber and store it in a protected warehouse
rough sawn vs surfaced lumber 83%+ Clear
Unless stated otherwise, we stock Select & Better graded lumber that's at least 83% clear one side
lumber thickness Lumber Compared
Various lumber thickness as compared to one another
  1. Decide how much board footage you need
  2. Factor in enough to work with! You'll want to arrange grain patterns, sort color, fix mistakes, run test cuts, make finish samples, etc.
  3. Lumber comes in random widths and lengths. If you need special size considerations, please let us know by using the "Minimum Size Request" box in the order form or by confirming your needs by phone or email.
  4. Expect your final amount of footage to change slightly. Buying by the board foot is an exercise in estimation, therefore we don't know the precise amount of footage you'll receive (and be billed for) until we physically select the wood for your order.
  5. We want to get your order right! So we may need to contact you for clarification. Please use a good phone and email during checkout.

This is the unit of measurement for hardwood lumber when it's bought/sold in random widths and random lengths.

Board footage is a measurement of volume, and it's abbreviated Bd. Ft.

One board foot is equal to 144 cubic inches.

board foot formula

It's a fraction that refers to rough (RGH) sawn thickness of lumber, and it tells you approximately how many quarters of an inch make up the thickness.

Surfaced lumber is thinner because it started out as rough sawn but it's been planed smooth. Planing removes thickness.

Rough Sawn (RGH) Surfaced (S2S)
4/4 ~1" 13/16"
5/4 ~1-1/4" 1-1/16"
6/4 ~1-1/2" 1-5/16"
8/4 ~2" 1-13/16"
12/4 ~3" 2-13/16"

Unless otherwise specified, our lumber is "Surfaced 2 Sides" or S2S for short.

Check out our article if you want the full explanation.

If you can cut your own pieces to size, here's how we can help:

  1. Enter requirements into the order form where it says, "Minimum Size Request"
  2. Tell us what you want to acheive or make
  3. You will receive wood that can yeild what you need. (You will create the final size)
  4. We may need to contact you for clarification

You will cut and/or join your material to create the finished sizes you need. We'll pick out wood that will give you enough to do that. For this reason, the final amount of footage you receive in your order will be slightly different, and your final billed charge will be different.

If you want to only buy pieces of an exact size, that will be sold differently. Please contact us for a custom quote.

Sadly, wood cannot be 100% guaranteed to be clear on both sides all the time. Most of our lumber is graded "Select" and better, which means it's at minimum 83% clear on one side.
Hardwood grades explained

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