Buy lumber in boules

For Consistent Color and Grain Matches, M. Bohlke Suggests Boules

Have you ever installed crown molding and stepped back to admire your work only to see that the joints really pop? That could be because, even though both lengths of molding are the exact same species, they were made from different trees. The color and even the grain size can vary a lot between logs, so the pros at M. Bohlke Corp. in Fairfield, Ohio suggest that woodshops consider buying hardwoods in boules.

A boule is an entire sawn log that is put back into sequential form for purchase (see photos). Instead of making traditional slices across a log like when creating square edge, the log is instead cut lengthwise through its entirety. This is also referred to as cutting “through and through.” This through and through process creates flitches and each of these flitches naturally share commonality and inherent characteristics with every other piece of wood in the log. In other words, boule form lumber guarantees the same color, grain structure and size from one board to the next.   

Because of the stellar consistency as a result of each board coming from the same tree, high-end woodworkers prefer boule lumber. M. Bohlke offers dozens of species in boule form in a wide range of thicknesses from 4/4 to 16/4. Among them are Afrormosia, figured anigre, apple, European ash, fiddleback olive ash, ice/flamed birch, boire, bubinga, Spanish cedar, European cherry, European chestnut, cocobolo, figured eucalyptus, granadillo, iroko, smoked larch, Honduras mahogany, Khaya mahogany, marblewood, bog oak, European fumed oak, Spessart oak, olive, African padauk, Andaman padauk, paldao, pearwood, purpleheart, East Indian rosewood, santos, sapele, sipo, European sycamore (figured or steamed), teak, black walnut, Circassian walnut, wenge and ziricote.

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