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    It sounds a lot like Norfolk Island Hybiscus...

    It sounds a lot like Norfolk Island Hybiscus which also has a very white wood and is subject to spalting which is what those black spots are the beginning of. Not much you can do about it except dry...
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    Just make sure that you keep a bit of pressure on...

    Just make sure that you keep a bit of pressure on that cherry as they will try to twist and warp.
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    I think the tyres really need to be glued down,...

    I think the tyres really need to be glued down, after all you don't want to be throwing off a rubber in the middle of a cut. With big wheels like that the centrifugal force is constantly trying to...
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    QUEENSLAND Umm... is that about $1000 per kilogram? lol.

    Umm... is that about $1000 per kilogram? lol.
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    Anything smaller than 14"/350mm size wheels will...

    Anything smaller than 14"/350mm size wheels will break blades constantly due to metal fatigue. IMOP.
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    Thanks for the heads up Euge. The Buckinghamia is...

    Thanks for the heads up Euge. The Buckinghamia is much lighter than the Persoonia that I found. I think it looks more like a Hakea with the smaller medullary rays. Big contrast with Ironwoods piece...
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    I would try RVs' method but use tung oil rather...

    I would try RVs' method but use tung oil rather than olive or peanut. Tung oil is a food oil too, from a nut but it dries over time so once it is in the wood it will slowly form a solid barrier...
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    Last time I was buying in Tassie the Queenstown...

    Last time I was buying in Tassie the Queenstown mill was very good. They allowed me to wander through about two hectares of mainly huon pine stock to collect a trailer load. Very reasonable.
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    Sure, happy to send a sample and an approximate...

    Sure, happy to send a sample and an approximate position. Nearly certain it is some kind of eucalyptus. P.M. me with an address and I'll pop a bit in the mail.
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    Yes it is wood, just very old blackened wood. I...

    Yes it is wood, just very old blackened wood. I picked it up off a wide gravel bed on Wallaby Creek in the middle of the dry and was going to use it for firewood then when I broke the piece (about...
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    Amazing to see such old wood. That last one looks...

    Amazing to see such old wood. That last one looks so much like Pink Myrtle from tasmania. I have some pure black wood that looks like redgum picked up from a gravel bank on Wallaby Creek near...
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    Must have just slipped by in the...

    Must have just slipped by in the christmas/newyear chaos.
    OK two things the best is to get a new tyre/tyres vulcanised on. I don't know who does it atm but I have had it done by a firm out at...
  14. A.C.T. Beautiful examples of red cedar furniture. Great...

    Beautiful examples of red cedar furniture. Great to see the timber emerge from under that white paint. P.M. sent.
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    No I am not saying do a $400 job for $100. I'm...

    No I am not saying do a $400 job for $100. I'm saying that the calculating only works when it is a bigger-than-one-off job. For example I would look at the cost of hardware - brass, timber,...
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    I can see people putting a lot of thought into...

    I can see people putting a lot of thought into this basically simple question 'How much should I charge?' and a lot of calculation. But I suggest the calculating really only applies to serious...
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    Good luck with the maple, I've noticed the...

    Good luck with the maple, I've noticed the luthiers pay $$$ for figured maple.
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    Will the oak keep OK if I leave the bark on and...

    Will the oak keep OK if I leave the bark on and let it dry in the round?
    - No, oak is probably the most horrible thing to dry in the round, it just splits and splits. Halved and end sealed is the...
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    I bought six or eight carving tools a few years...

    I bought six or eight carving tools a few years ago (no handle). Amazing value but I did re-temper them after the first shaping and sharpening. McJing are well worth a visit if you are passing...
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    Top one looks like coachwood and the bottom one...

    Top one looks like coachwood and the bottom one looks like hoop pine, not positive but a guess.
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    Camphor Laurel is a weed on the north coast of...

    Camphor Laurel is a weed on the north coast of NSW and there is enough of it to sustain any number of timber products.
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    Freezing for a week or two kills just about...

    Freezing for a week or two kills just about everything woodwormy.
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    If you are thinking of teak for its water...

    If you are thinking of teak for its water resistant qualities then huon pine would make an excellent substitute also white beech is very water resistant.
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    Wow! That is a nice instrument. Take a whole week...

    Wow! That is a nice instrument. Take a whole week for the next one and see what you come up with. So much better than going to the music shop and buying a forty dollar Kala. The playing should be a...
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    I've just been through this and buying a german...

    I've just been through this and buying a german carbide steel polished burnisher was the key for me. Now I do one lap each side on a 600 diamond stone then two or three perpendicular then half a...
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    For Uke fans there is the Newcastle Ukulele...

    For Uke fans there is the Newcastle Ukulele Festival on this weekend. See here https://www.newkulelefestival.com/
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    Great, lets see lots of pics. Good luck.

    Great, lets see lots of pics. Good luck.
  28. Help I need a commercial laser cutter service in Newcastle ish.

    Hi, we get veneered mdf cut into small objects and our laser cutter has suddenly moved and dropped the wood cutting side. We need someone who can cut 6mm, 10mm and hopefully 17mm. Any help would be...
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    Pete you can't go to tassie and knot bring back a...

    Pete you can't go to tassie and knot bring back a lump of wood...
    But further on the choice of wood for a uke, the thing with koa is that it can be worked very thin and makes a very bright sounding...
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    The cut with the ceramic guides is amazing....

    The cut with the ceramic guides is amazing. Thanks for that link. We were getting pretty close to that years ago cutting 2mm red cedar veneers off 6" x 1" planks but they were nothing like that...
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    N.S.W. I see Lappa wants pictures for this post...Sorry...

    I see Lappa wants pictures for this post...Sorry Lappa I thought one picture would be enough and indeed it did sell four minutes after posting. Probably should have auctioned it on Ebay.
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    N.S.W. SOLD Stanley 13-050 Combination Plane

    I have an old Stanley combination plane for sale. It is complete and in working order, still has the original assembly and operating instructions and most of the cutters. It looks like it has rarely...
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    Looks like a nice machine to have for cutting...

    Looks like a nice machine to have for cutting veneers. The 225mm wheel specs are probably a typo or some sort of mistake. From the video it looks very much like 350mm wheels. Afterthought...maybe the...
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    Thanks John, yes I just talked to another maker...

    Thanks John, yes I just talked to another maker yesterday and he warned me off the red cedar necks too. Think I have some old kauri that I will start tap testing tomorrow.
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    I wasn't refering to the kerf Don I was talking...

    I wasn't refering to the kerf Don I was talking about how accurate the cut can be, that is how close it can stay to a line. But the wood slicer specs are amazing, just when I am looking for somebody...
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    I also got a tenor uke fretboard from China....

    I also got a tenor uke fretboard from China. Cheap but it took about six weeks.
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    If the grain is straight then probably cut with a...

    If the grain is straight then probably cut with a bandsaw and then just finished with a scraper or sandpaper. Need a better photo close up of a corner. If the grain follows the curve around then it...
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    Yep the only thing that smells like Huon is Huon.

    Yep the only thing that smells like Huon is Huon.
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    Well with the wrc you need to be able to cut it...

    Well with the wrc you need to be able to cut it on the quarter for the soundboard which is why I have that piece which I think is an old door jamb.
    I am also buying parts from luthier supplies and...
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    I am on much the same course as Star at the...

    I am on much the same course as Star at the moment. I have a book called " Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar" By luthier Jonathan Kinkead and it is very thorough and good. So I am making a rough copy of...
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    Don I used to make a living out of bandsawing...

    Don I used to make a living out of bandsawing products with very tight precise curves and that is where the guides come in handy. If you are using fine blades they can easily be deflected by a bend...
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    Looks OK, you need to soak the whole thing in...

    Looks OK, you need to soak the whole thing in water so the wood swells a little and becomes watertight again. Other than that I know nothing but I've always wanted to do that...get my own port...
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    just looked again and got it. Second pic the...

    just looked again and got it. Second pic the piece lying flat looks more like myrtle to me now. That backsawn grain pattern doesn't fit brushbox. How much did you get for how much?!.
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    I am not getting the other pics but the first one...

    I am not getting the other pics but the first one looks a bit like brushbox. That long ripple and the red-brown colour. The most distinctive thing about brushbox is the very very fine grain, not like...
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    I would respectfully disagree here. There is a...

    I would respectfully disagree here. There is a world of difference between a professional and an amateur. The bloke who is clearing his shed is showing the public just how ordinary woodwork can be...
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    The question is not redundant David but it is an...

    The question is not redundant David but it is an evergreen old chestnut recurring question. And welcome to the forum. You will find many experts and many, many wonderful woodworkers. My advice on...
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    Also see the photos on this thread; ...

    Also see the photos on this thread; https://www.woodworkforums.com/f222/burls-222736. It shows a couple of nice mallee burls, rough cut with a chainsaw, no wax and a couple of cracks. I would...
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    I wouldn't bother with the bark. It is really...

    I wouldn't bother with the bark. It is really hard to get off and if you are going to turn them anyway there is no point. I used to hire a serious water blaster (4000psi, 18 litres per minute) to...
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    Burls are really easy, because of all the...

    Burls are really easy, because of all the interlocked grain they tend to not split much and stay stable as they dry. To answer your questions 1; really big burls need a chainsaw but smaller ones you...
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    The quick release is very handy for changing...

    The quick release is very handy for changing blades, the motor sounds good, everything else looks alright. You probably need more than one blade, which is called a bandsaw - big one say 20-30mm for...
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