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    Default Jacaranda timber

    Would like info on the uses of Jacaranda. Is it suitable for cutting boards? The only info I can find is that it isn't durable - what does this mean? Is it safe to use with food?
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    Sounds like someone scored from the trees they dropped in that park in Brissy eh!!
    'Not durable' means it will rot in contact with water and/or the ground. Jacaranda is very soft timber which wouldn't be ideal for a cutting board but you could still do it. Guess it would be safe with food - I've seen a lot of bowls made from it - but then who actually puts food in them
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    Default Jacaranda timber

    Thanks for the help. Still undecided.

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    TTIT, what about the root / base of Jacaranda tree, counsel took down a large Jacaranda tree, and left the root and some of the trunk on the side of the road. Could I turn or carve it?

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    It makes good stubby coolers and is suitable for pyrography

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    Thumbs up Jacaranda

    is a very good wood for turning. I particulaly like its subtle grain patterns.
    I think it would lend itself wel to dying with food colouring. This is an idea I have had, but not acted on, for some time.

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    jackaranda is a nice timber turns realy well and has a nice creamy colour.

    get and keep whatever you can

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    Couple of turned Jacaranda (spaulted) bowls here
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    Quote Originally Posted by thumbsucker View Post
    TTIT, what about the root / base of Jacaranda tree, counsel took down a large Jacaranda tree, and left the root and some of the trunk on the side of the road. Could I turn or carve it?
    Probably the tightest and best grain/figure in the tree if you can clean it up and break it down into blanks before the rot sets in. I have carved a little of it and it was easy to work with. Soaks up a lot of oil before you get a sheen on it. As Simomatra said, it's good for pyrography - my old man had about a 1/2 a cube of it sliced up to use as inserts in his work so mum could burn in the artwork.
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    One of the best guitars I ever had my hands on was a Takamine Jacaranda. One of their best models ever.

    So good for guitars, look out for neighbouring luthiers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzza View Post
    One of the best guitars I ever had my hands on was a Takamine Jacaranda. One of their best models ever.

    So good for guitars, look out for neighbouring luthiers.
    Japanese luthiers used the name jacaranda instead of "brazilian rosewood" in the 70's (perhaps in a way to avoid export problems). They now make jacaranda guitars but use an obtainable south american rosewood.
    Both japanese jacaranda's are both rosewood coloured whereas the aussie jacaranda is plain grain white.

    I bet the takamine was a beaut!!

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    Makes bloody impressive firewood. Splits easily under the block buster. Burns as well as casuarina. Burns hot and completely but lasts a long time before collapsing to a light grey ash.

    OOHHhhh.....you want to make something out of it!! Turning timber for sure.
    Ours is not to reason why.....only to point and giggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilentButDeadly View Post
    OOHHhhh.....you want to make something out of it!! Turning timber for sure.
    Not just for turning!

    1. Carves very well & holds detail.

    2. Excellent for 'Windsor" chair seats.

    3 & 4. You can even join it into quite useful pieces.....

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    Pete Sharps, you are right, but you had to jog my memory. The Japanese factory did change the name of the timber. It was a most excellent guitar, and after letting me play it for two hours, the owner took it back off me.

    Jacaranda's in flower mean summertime is nigh here, and our streets have a lot of them in the medium strips. I wonder if I could make some branches fall down?

    I like to scroll, and would like to attempt one of those scenes inside of a log projects.
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    Default Jacaranda as a cutting board.

    Back to the original thread - does anyone know whether it would be suitable for cutting boards? It will be well oiled. Would that enable it to handle being washed in water frequently?
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