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    hi all,

    i found a few unnasuming planks in the woodpile the other day. My father said they are tambotie. So i was wondering: with what i know about Tambotie being incredibly hard to work with -is it worth it to keep and make something out of -Pain vs Gain ?

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    Are they straight? Any cracks? What size are the planks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gorgeous George View Post
    hi all,

    i found a few unnasuming planks in the woodpile the other day. My father said they are tambotie. So i was wondering: with what i know about Tambotie being incredibly hard to work with -is it worth it to keep and make something out of -Pain vs Gain ?

    thks
    Keith Coates Palgrave in his "Trees of Southern Africa" says "Splendid furniture has been made from the timber... the wood itself is almost indestructible" - he says samples in "a very good state of preservation were taken from the Zimbabwe Ruins for carbon-dating and were reported as being between 1240 and 1530 years old".
    He adds "care should be taken to keep sawdust out of the eyes".
    Just remember that it is toxic if burnt.

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    Tambotie is worth some serious money.

    As the previous question suggests. Straight, uncracked planks are rare.

    Never treat tambotie. Then you can always give it a rub with your finger and smell that wood.

    Beautiful furniture.

    PS. Invite that neighbour that gives you such a hard time, for a braai. Specially do his with some tambotie. He will have a serious bout of the runs.

    PPS. Make sure to use the neighbours tools as well. Your saw and your plane will never be the same again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpiderGear View Post
    Are they straight? Any cracks? What size are the planks?
    uhm , well guesstimate would say they are about 1000mm in length 20mm thick and +-200mm wide. i say +- because they vary in width. must have cut the tree that way -hahaha

    i was wondering about working a plaque or something, but at the same time wondering if it was worth the effort in blood sweat and tears to get it to full beauty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henris View Post
    Tambotie is worth some serious money. really ? , okay ?

    As the previous question suggests. Straight, uncracked planks are rare. well i think i have at least 4 so.... i was thinking about "playing with it" i say playing as i know enough about woodwork to know that i am no professional at it. half cautious as i want to do the wood justice and not just waste what i think is beautifull wood.

    Never treat tambotie. Then you can always give it a rub with your finger and smell that wood. -oh yes , love that scent !

    Beautiful furniture.

    PS. Invite that neighbour that gives you such a hard time, for a braai. Specially do his with some tambotie. He will have a serious bout of the runs. -wow no way. thanks for the tip Henris but what a waste of wood -hahahha

    PPS. Make sure to use the neighbours tools as well. Your saw and your plane will never be the same again oi yoi yoi, thanks for the tip thats not good to hear, -rpceisely why i asked the people in the know "forum". thank Henris
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    ' The wood and sawdust has also been reported to cause eye and skin irritation. In extreme cases, there have been reports of blindness resulting from occupational exposure to Tambootie’s sawdust. '. Be careful when u use it.

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    nope , its official, i cannot do this.
    i tried this weekend to cut and sand a bit but got nowhere,
    i just dont have the right tools for this
    anyone interested in buying some tambotie -lol

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    I hsve made several items from Tambotie, and found it fairly easy to work except that it clogs tools up very quickly.

    Thus hand tools are pretty much the order of the day.

    If you are giving it away, I would be interested, but I can't afford to pay for it.
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    Nothing in 40 mm thickness ?

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    Gorgeous George - please post a pic of it. I would be interested - will do it justice with a handmade project. Have made several pieces over the years, from Tambotie from our farm. Also let me know the mulas you want

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    Just cutting Tambotie wood makes me nauseous.

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    I inherited a tambotie dining set from my grandfather that is about 65 years old. Still looks in good condition (I have 3 x young children). Redid the "riempies" a while ago for the first time.
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    Just be careful to let the chairs fall, or let them fall over. That wood is very heavy and hard. Thus very brittle.

    But yes, really beautiful wood. (Very heavy on the tools as well)
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