Re: Big Ripsaw and Crosscut saw project: The saw plates
04/03/12 04:42 PM
Blacky's Boy said:
I just did an "Indiana Jones" at that one. Purpleheart,....Why does it have to be Purpleheart?
I have a Hate-Hate relationship with that wood. Mostly from my time as a wood turner. It's brittle, not very pretty, will dull a tool in no time flat, and will give you splinters that defy the laws of physics with their ability to pierce skin and inflict pain.
OK, bad choice for comparison, but I meant in how oily the wood is. I have two kinds of purpleheart, one very straight grained, wonderful to plane, turns a nice bland browish, the other is just nasty; impossible to cut without carbide, very interlocked grain, stays purple, very pretty. They both have nasty slivers. Here are all three woods (Jatoba, the two purples) in action:
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