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Old 09-07-2017, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default substitute for cocobolo?

I don't like to use cocobolo at the center for the blind because of it's tendency to cause allergic reactions. (Plus the fact that it is now on the endangered list)

Recently at the local Woodworker's Source they had a special on Granadillo (PLATYMISCIUM) also called macawood. It is really close to cocobolo in color and grain.

Have any of you turned this? Does it turn well? It doesn't seem to be toxic according to the Wood Database. I'll post a picture when we get a pen turned from it.
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Old 09-07-2017, 04:41 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Macawood turns very well and will make vey nice pens.
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Old 09-09-2017, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've turned a lot of it, too. I keep it in stock and love working with it. You'll enjoy it.
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Old 09-09-2017, 09:33 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Sharon, go to, you can get it for as little as $25.00 for a hundred blanks if you do not mind having some sap wood in it, otherwise it would cost $29.00 per hundred blanks.
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Old 09-09-2017, 07:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Granadillo is very nice to work with.

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