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    I've seen some very successful marrying of FRG and Jacaranda in larger furniture pieces. I'm sure it would be equally pleasing in smaller projects.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushmiller View Post
    ..... I read that too recently (was it from Terry Gordon?)....
    Coulda been, Paul, but my CRAFT syndrome gets worse by the year...

    Quote Originally Posted by aldav View Post
    I've seen some very successful marrying of FRG and Jacaranda in larger furniture pieces. I'm sure it would be equally pleasing in smaller projects....
    Aldav, I like Jacaranda, it's an easy wood to work, even when wild-grained (as it often is) & takes most finishes well, but it has to be one of the 'liveliest' woods I know when it comes to seasonal movement, so make sure your design allows for movement if there's a significant amount of Jacaranda in it.

    I used Jacaranda for our kitchen table top 'cos the boss wanted a pale wood: Jacaranda top.jpg

    It's about 1200 by 1000, and the join at the breadboard ends goes from this: Jacaranda movement2.jpg

    ..to at least as much in the opposite direction as the seasons roll around.

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    I like Jacaranda, but it’s availability (especially in the southern states) is lacking. Where can it be sourced in larger pieces?

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    Apart from pairing different timbers for aesthetic and design purposes, I understood that "secondary" timbers are used for "economic" reasons to minimize the use of valuable, and perhaps less abundant, timbers only to the visible parts of a piece? I also assume that some pairings work better than others because each timber behaves more or less similarly?

    I also noticed that poplar is commonly used a a secondary in Nth America. Do we have a similar timber here in Oz?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cava View Post
    I like Jacaranda, but itís availability (especially in the southern states) is lacking. Where can it be sourced in larger pieces?
    It's not a commercial species, cava, & the main source is yard or street trees that blow over or have to be removed or trimmed. I've had a few windfalls come my way, but you've got to be quick to beat the turners! Places like Boutique Timbers may have stock from time to time & it pops up at wood shows occasionally...

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