(cordia elaeagnoides or cordia
Bocote (bah--coat--ee) is a wood
which can vary a great deal in appearance. The grain may have nice
contrast and figure as seen above and is sometimes straighter with less
of a tan and more of a greenish overall color. The lines may
or may not swirl. The average specific gravity is about .85 with
some variance in diferent pieces. The wood is somewhat oily.
It can be rough turned and set aside to dry (either coat it with a wax
emulsion or put it in a paper bag). It can generally not be
air dried in pieces thicker than 1.5 inches, or cracks normally result. The wood comes from Mexico.
* pentacryl stabilization:
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