Woodcraft Woodshop - Bocote - 3" x 3" x 12"
Bocote (Cordia spp.) has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. Also, the grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on...
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Bocote (Cordia spp.) has a yellowish brown body with dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes. Color tends to darken with age. Also, the grain patterning can be quite striking, particularly on flatsawn areas. It's not uncommon to see many "eyes" and other figuring in Bocote; though unlike knots, they do not seem to present any special challenges in machining. Some species may contain silica that will dull cutters. On the whole, Bocote is easily worked and machined with good results. Common uses include fine furniture, cabinetry, flooring, veneer, boat-building, musical instruments, gunstocks, turned objects, and other small specialty wood items.
- Dramatic dark brown to almost black stripes
- A perfect option for turning custom handles for tools, kitchen utensils, and bottle stoppers
- Turns, glues and finishes well
- Native to Mexico and Central/South America, though certain species occur in Africa
- Thickness: 3"
- Width: 3"
- Length: 12"
- (1) Bocote - 3" x 3" x 12" - Turning Stock
- Wood is a product of nature, and as such, no two pieces are alike to start with, the same wood growing in different locales can vary greatly even though it is the exact same species.
- Due to the nature of wood movement, shrinkage and expansion are possible. Please measure each piece carefully before starting any project.
- Cut from quality, kiln-dried stock. The grain runs with the longest dimension.
- Thin Stock is sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Carving and Turning Blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Plywood sizes are nominal, the dimensions are +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Larger blocks are sawn to +/- 1/4" of the listed size.
- Smaller blocks are sawn to +/- 1/8" of the listed size.
- Spindle stock, or stock that is 1-1/2" - 2" wide is sawn to +/-1/8" of the listed size.
This is pretty but it developed many cracks as soon as the wax came off the ends. I did use a couple pieces for a pepper mill and crossing my fingers that it won't crack further and ruin the piece, which was a gift. Frankly, I'm not sure what these waxed woods are supposed to be used for if they crack and split, or maybe they shouldn't be sold here in AZ...