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rosewood

David Weaver
Hi, rafael - I search ebay about once a week for mahogany and rosewood for guitar building.

It's not every week that there's something on there to buy, and if you're making planes, you eventually get used to the idea that you'd rather have some stock (Guitars, too) in your shop for a while to observe, so I am a little bit tolerant of what I get. E.g,. indian rosewood is often sold as dry, as is honduran (plantation) mahogany, but removal of the wax finds otherwise. I have enough on hand that I have time to wait and then buy on grain orientation and price.

I typically search for table leg blanks 3x3 (they are usually rift or closer to straight sawn than just 3x3 blanks), or smoothers can be searched as other names (pool cue rosewood blank, peppermill rosewood blank)

3x3 of reasonable straightness sized is good enough for jack and smoother planes with a 2" iron, with a little luck, maybe 2 1/8th.

bigger than that isn't as easy to find.

Blanks often appear in 24/30/36 lengths when they do show up as those are sizes that are useful for guitar fingerboards or necks.

This is a good thing to set up as a casual thing to look for as one week, a 3x3x24 blank may be $55 and the next there may be none or only some for $200 and they're not straight.

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