Mistakes we make; wood choice

  • 24 Nov 2017 12:33 AM
    Message # 5599897

    At the candy store I see a wood that seemed like a good idea for a project. Jatoba, aka Brazilian Cherry.  Heavy. Looked tough enough to take some abuse. Seemed to have a good grain structure that would like the plane. 

    It IS heavy. Not sure about the abuse part but I do know about how it likes the plane. IT DOESN'T!!! Murder on a blade. 

    I won't do that again~ 

  • 25 Nov 2017 10:49 PM
    Reply # 5601273 on 5599897

    I’m curious, why would a certain species of wood dull a plane bade? Is there a high content of silica in the wood like teak?

  • 01 Dec 2017 2:53 AM
    Reply # 5608715 on 5599897
    I bought some Wenge wood (African species) from my local supplier thinking the color is Rich and Beautiful.  Turns out there are very high levels of mineral deposits in the wood which dulls my Plane blades in about 6 feet of travel and my table saw blade in a few cuts as well.  The wood is also highly toxic and getting splinters from it has been known to cause infection that has actually killed people.  You must use an extremely good dust mask for toxic fine dust when sanding or working the wood as well as wearing gloves since it splinters pretty bad.  Knowing all this, I can honestly say I will never buy it again and it has made me very aware of exotic species.

    Dave B.

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