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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 02-15-2010 03:08 PM 1980 reads 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I couldn’t tell what the grain of this the 8/4×7” x 50” piece looked like because it was rough cut and dusty.
I cut a strip off and the grain appeared to be not so straight. Ran it through the planer…chip out. Reversed the direction of feed…chip out. Looked very close and see this is swirly, curly and a bit knurly. I guess it must be sanded.

Have any of you seen this grain in purpleheart?
It was fresh from the planer so it hasn’t purpled up yet.

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I would love to hear what you think of this.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com



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lumberdog

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#1 posted 02-15-2010 03:11 PM

Yuk ! You better send it to me so i can dispose of of it for you.

-- Lumberdog.. Michigan

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ratchet

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#2 posted 02-15-2010 03:21 PM

Yep; thats going to be nice when finished.
For this wood you might try scrapers instead of other power tools methods. As for sanding…well…to me it almost always lways seems to take way too long on figured woods to get the desired results. Card scrapers or a no 80 scraper is what I use to get it done fast! Its amazing how smooth you can get a surface with a well tuned scraper. Someday I’m going to spring for a no. 112 scraper plane.

Now you need to figure out what to make with it? Pistol grips or knife handles would be amazing.

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ellen35

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#3 posted 02-15-2010 03:39 PM

Lisa,
Have you tried the drum sander taking very little off?
I also read somewhere that wetting the wood (in the case of that post it was birds eye maple) can make it plane easier.
Looks like a beautiful piece of purpleheart!
What will you do with it
??
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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eddy

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#4 posted 02-15-2010 04:04 PM

a lot of the purple heart i get looks like this or with little silver speacks in it. i dont why i would like to here for some 1 on this

-- self proclaimed copycat

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patron

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#5 posted 02-15-2010 04:32 PM

don’t know much about scraping ,
i just sand it in my machine ,
light passes ,
until it talks to me ,
one side flip other side flip etc.
then i can ask it what it would like to be !

thats a real beauty you got there .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Karson

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#6 posted 02-15-2010 04:42 PM

Yes a beauty. A guess any wood could be figured if the conditions are right (or wrong from the tree’s point of view).

I’d think power sanding. It would take a while for scraping

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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ratchet

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 05:11 PM

Ahem…how are we going to use a drum sander (a tool most of us don’t possess as yet) on a 7” wide boards edge? Granted, there is usually more than one way to get the job done, especially in ww.

I’ve heard about wetting the face of the wood before planing or jointing boards that tend to chipout. I’ll have to try that next time.

Please let us know what you make with this wood.

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jm82435

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#8 posted 02-15-2010 05:45 PM

That is so frustrating. When I get tearout like this at the jointer, I wish I had a sanding jointer. I have two jointers, I am dreaming of converting one into a” belt jointer” for just these occasions. I mean, taking the cutterhead out and replacing it with a contact wheel and running an abrasive belt on it. I haven’t gotten too far into the project to think about how to easily swap belts, but I think it would be handy on stock like this… Maybe some industrious LJr out there will build one and show us all how to do it. Maybe run multiple belts with different grits, just move the fence over for different grits?

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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dustbunny

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#9 posted 02-15-2010 05:50 PM

Uh oh….
You just gave me an idea, gotta get to the shop…

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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patron

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#10 posted 02-15-2010 05:54 PM

well done folks ,

got the bunny hopping !

or the wabbit working (LOL) !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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ratchet

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#11 posted 02-15-2010 08:07 PM

Oh crap…I guess there is a way to edge sand a 7” wide board. I hope David doesn’t see this.

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patron

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#12 posted 02-15-2010 08:16 PM

not me ,
didn’t see a thing .

the crap is only to fill the grain ,

but finish quickly !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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degoose

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#13 posted 02-15-2010 11:35 PM

Nearly all the PH I get is curly… not much straight stuff..and that was in more than 1 cubic metre…[ 400bf.]
I use the drum sander to dress both sides…slowly and carefully…Quickly joint one edge and then rip it to size… mostly small enough so I can use the Drum sanderon the cut edges…..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Chris Wright

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#14 posted 02-16-2010 04:48 AM

I’ve never seen purple heart with a grain pattern like that, but I have some rosewood with a similar pattern. Also, if you’re having a hard time with tearout in both directions, try wetting the surface and letting it sit for 30 to 45 seconds or so before running it through the planner with a light cut. The water causes the soft fibers to swell and act like a “pad” for the harder fibers and it can give a cleaner cut.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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jack1

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#15 posted 02-16-2010 05:41 AM

I’ll go with scraping or big sanding machine. Looks neat.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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