Pen Blanks - Chinaberry - (set of 5 blanks)

$7.50
Chinaberry blanks for turning custom pens. Nominal dimensions 3/4" x 3/4" x 5". Your pen blanks may not be pre-made. Please allow up to two weeks for fabrication and shipping of your product.

Chinaberry pen blanks are cut from Chinaberry (Melia azedarach), a semi-exotic hardwood found throughout many US states, though not native to this country.

 

Nominal dimensions: 5"x.75"x.75".

 

Relatively easy to work with, it has wonderful grain patterns and contrast, giving it a great finished look in custom turned pens. The wood is soft, with open pores, allowing for either a more rustic finish, or when filled, will allow smooth finishes and/or additional color to be introduced into your designs.

 

Useful links on Chinaberry:

http://www.texasinvasives.org/plant_database/detail.php?symbol=MEAZ

http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=MEAZ)

http://www.wood-database.com/lumber-identification/hardwoods/chinaberry/

 

For detailed information on physical properties of wood species, visit:

http://www.woodweb.com/Resources/wood_eng_handbook/wood_handbook_fpl_2010.pdf

 

The USDA provides a large list of wood species with links to information about their properties: https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/research/centers/woodanatomy/techsheets_display.php?geo_category_id=4&genus_commonname_criteria=c&sorting_rule=1a

 

If you do not know about wood allergies and potential issues while working with wood, the following link presents some information you should be familiar with while working with wood: http://www.woodweb.com/knowledge_base/Danger_in_the_Woods.html I have used this link without permission, as I was unable to find contact information for Custom Woodworking Business.

 

Some useful information on preventing color changes in exotic hardwoods is available at: http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/preventing-color-changes-in-exotic-woods/