James Simonds Posted February 6, 2020 Share Posted February 6, 2020 (edited) So, i am using Cocobolo for the first time, for a full set of 3 handles and sayas. It started as a 3x3x12 block, and it was gorgeous. then i split it on a bandsaw into 3 sayas and 4 handle blocks (just the way the material was best used) all measured up for this set of kitchen knives. When i cut it, the wood was a beautiful orange-brown colour, a slight hint of dark purple in places, especially un-oiled. here is one of the parts i split for making a saya (saya is in two halves with a bronze bar in betwee, which is why its so short) i set it aside for a few days. when i came back it was bright orange. no problem i thought, it probably surface staining. It wasnt. when i came to shape the handles i found the orange stain was quite deep in places, and its ugly. i've now for the first handle down to rough shape, and one side is beautiful, and one side is marred with orange stains. its ruined, frankly. i suspect the entire set is. above is the side of the handle block with orange staining, below is the side that for whatever reason has none. Losing the full set of woodwork isn't the end of the world. its $50 worth of wood and a few hours etc. (i'm still sad, you all know the feeling. and this wood was nice) but, how do i stop this happening again? how do i stop the surface of cut cocobolo staining orange from the oil released from the wood by the cutting (because i think that is what it is). I cleaned all the sawdust off, because i know that can stain. Any expereince with this appreciated. Edited February 6, 2020 by James Simonds Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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