I want to let everyone know what has been going on the last week and what I have planned for this week.
I have had more growing pains than expected with the new laser cutter but I almost have a grip on it. There were a few times the breaker blew and a lot of unnecessary smoke was generated due to focus issues. Towers are cut much faster on the new machine. I am expecting to receive another part this week which will finish off the new laser cutter setup and allow me to work more often.
With the new laser cutter and wood prep, I have a lot more stuff in my workspace and it is making moving around inefficient, so I spent most of today rearranging and junking old projects that weren’t going anywhere.
I almost qualified Yellowheart but twice now it has been too hard to work. It breaks on the grain way too easy. Unfortunately it can work but requires too much attention.
Aromatic Cedar and Poplar are the last two woods I have to check out. The cedar looked great once linseed oil was applied BUT it picked up a reddish color which makes it look similar to padauk so I am thinking to offer it unfinished because it has such a nice smell (and it looks different unfinished).
The final hardwood options are:
Thanks for your suggestions regarding a higher tier hardwood option. I am reluctant to add woods I haven’t worked with especially having such difficulty with the yellowheart.
Thanks everyone for your continued interest!