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    I hope I spelled this right. I recently got quite a bit of this. ( frankly for cutting boards).
    It is also called " Brazilian cherry" I am giving a few boards to a friend to make a uke out of. It is extremely hard, and heave. We both said I don't know if I would want to carve it. but, my question is, any body here have experience with it? how are its bending qualitys? May be jobota , not sure thanks
    Mike Marrs

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    Registered User Mike Buesseler's Avatar
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    Default Re: Jabota

    Jatoba, I believe. That’s what came up on Google.

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    I've put it down for flooring in two bedrooms (Lumber Liquidators pre-finished) and it works great in that application. In 3/8" thickness it's extremely rigid. I haven't tried thinning it down to 1/10" but it wouldn't be my choice for bending. Be prepared to have your carbide cutters resharpened after cutting much of it.

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    Workability: Jatoba is considered difficult to work with on account of its density and hardness, and has a moderate blunting effect on tool cutters. Jatoba also tends to be difficult to plane without tearout due to its interlocking grain. However, Jatoba glues, stains, turns, and finishes well. Responds well to steam-bending.
    The physical properties are also listed there, if one is being scientific about tonewoods.

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    It's hard and stiff and pretty cheap. I use it for a lot of stuff.
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