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Exotic Wood Beer Koozie! Purpleheart, Zebrawood & Yellowheart/Osage? WEN wood lathe 8×12 model 3420t

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Beer koozie has been on my list of projects for a very long time. It just took awhile to get the pieces and my imagination in right frame of mind. Until recently, I was not thrilled with the selection of wood and it felt like something was missing. The new box of exotics, which came unlabeled, gave me the pieces I think I was missing. I decided to give the koozie a try, and boy am I glad I did. This project turned out great!

I am fairly confident that the wood used is purpleheart and zebra wood. However, there is a yellow wood that did not come labeled and is not a soft wood. I believe, based on a little research that I did, the wood in question might be yellowheart. It felt like the zebra wood and the yellow wood had similar hardness while turning. Zebra has a janka hardness of 8.2kN and yellowheart has 8kN. Or it could have been the purpleheart I was feeling the hardness on, which is 11kN and Osage is 11.6kN.

I have no clue what the yellowish wood is, yellowheart, osage, other… I do know it looks amazing. What do you think it is?

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  1. Fantastic piece mate. The colours are great, the grains really pop and the finish is just epic.
    Keep on turning.
    Cheers, Bluey πŸ‘

  2. Definitely not Osage Orange. Hard to tell from the video – especially when the color looks different in two other places in the video. My guess – Pau Amarello or Avodire ….I would go with Avodire.

  3. Cool project, great idea. The thing I like about woodworking is there are many ways to do the same thing. (I would have did the glue up then drilled it with a forester bit). Love the music, keep 'em coming!


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