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    Boxes

    L-R Maple, mystery wood, locust, walnut



    This next pic is a close up of the mystery wood box. I was prowling around the local army surplus store and they had a few old wooden tent posts. One was broke and the wood looked like some kind of exotic type stuff. So I bought one, octagonal 2.75" x 8', for 50 cents. I think it might be bubinga. If it's WWII surplus then it's 60+ years old and turning it was like turning concrete. But it is kind of pretty wood. Any other guesses what it might be?


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    Good stuff, Curt. I'd say the maple and walnut ones are my favorites,
    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Fuller View Post
    ...Any other guesses what it might be?
    Armywood?
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    Curt, very nice stuff. Oh well, the locust is my favorite, I like light colored wood the most

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    Very Nice Boxes, Curt, except those corners are rounded off so much it's just impossible to see those hand cut dovetails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Hitt View Post
    Very Nice Boxes, Curt, except those corners are rounded off so much it's just impossible to see those hand cut dovetails.
    They were machine cut anyway, so he wanted to disguise them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    They were machine cut anyway, so he wanted to disguise them.
    Uh..Oh, NOW I understand.

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    Beautiful as usual, Curt. My eye keeps going back to the maple. Love that shape.
    George

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    Lookin' Good Curt

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    All four are real cute.

    Do they have the same finish on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Fuller View Post
    ...This next pic is a close up of the mystery wood box. I was prowling around the local army surplus store and they had a few old wooden tent posts. One was broke and the wood looked like some kind of exotic type stuff. So I bought one, octagonal 2.75" x 8', for 50 cents. I think it might be bubinga. If it's WWII surplus then it's 60+ years old and turning it was like turning concrete. But it is kind of pretty wood. Any other guesses what it might be?
    If it's WWII military, and it doesn't look like a common domestic species it could very well be a tropical hardwood. During the war the military went into the jungles of Mexico, Central and South America looking for wood that could replace the teak that was at the time difficult to obtain. They needed teak for their aircraft carrier decks and they wanted a wood supply for it closer to home for strategic and logistical reasons. Lots of timber was tested at the time, and even if it didn't pass as a carrier deck wood, some was apparently used for other wooden objects the military made at the time. Your tent pole could very well be a part of that. Gee... if only it could talk, what a story it might have to tell, no?
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