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Eddie, try this vendor - he was very great to work with to buy custom sized ebony for my Morgan build.  Not sure how shipping will work out as I see you're in Australia, but hopefully he can be a resource if you're not finding anything local.

 

www.inlaybanding.com

 

 

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Putting aside the cost and dust issues, I haven't found ebony to be that hard to work with.  It cuts very well and cleanly, sands nicely, takes glue just fine (I use Gorilla brand wood glue, which I've used on all my models, and all different kinds of woods), and can be bent with soaking and heat if you are patient.  Take a look at my Morgan build log and you can see the kind of work that can be done with ebony.

 

It's not as easy as let's say pear, but it looks much nicer than ebonized pear in my opinion.  

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12 hours ago, Landlubber Mike said:

Eddie, try this vendor

Hey howya goin Mike mate, I will send that guy a eminl to see if he can help me out thanks.    :bird-vi:

 

 

Thanks druxey and Michael I know that Ebony is not good for you thats why I'll be doing the Ebony work out side with a dust mask.

 

 

Does anyone else know where I could get the pieces I need thanks.

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Hi Eddie -

http://www.woodworkerssource.com/shop/product/gab2x12.html

nothing local mate but these guys have "Gaboon Ebony Black African 1x2x12" Boards " show a photo of the boards and they look reasonable just convert to $AU and if that doesn't break the bank add freight and you're in business. They say they ship OS.

Cheers Pete

PS on the next page they have 4x4 selling by Board ft if that's any help - bit exy though

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I have some black piano keys which I have used occasionally with no trouble.  Rosewood and Lignum Vitae which I have used to make tool handles for my clay modelling tools.  Most woods are toxic or at best, noxious.  Mansonia, a lovely wood to use for small detail and a wood from which we, at John B. Thorp, once made a model in 1/500th scale of the entire city of Cardiff makes barbed dust that doesn't come up if breathed in.  I was an apprentice there nearly 50 years ago.  Mahogany is allegedly carcinogenic.

 

Even balsa wood makes me sneeze uncontrollably and pear makes my skin itch more than epoxy modelling board.

 

The woefully underplayed Joe Jackson had it right with his excellent song..."Everything gives you cancer".

 

Martin

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7 hours ago, neptune said:

G'day Eddie, there is some on eby,    300 x 25 x 25

Hey howya goin John mate, yeah thanks I got some of them coming in the mail but I need 350mm long thanks anyway mate.    :bird-vi:

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