Palm Box (copy) #2: Hard Maple

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Blog entry by mpmitche posted 12-23-2010 04:03 PM 849 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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After I got the purpleheart cut to size and smoothed up last night I started working on a rough board that will be the top and bottom. The wood was given to me by a friend who said he thought it was soft maple. My first clue was looking through the boards many were marked with HM. When I started squaring the board up with my jack plane I could hardly cut it. I finally moved to my #8 because it is so heavy and it did a good job of cutting the wood. I have it mostly squared now but ran out of gas in my arms after an hour of working that beast. I think the ol’ #5 needs a trip to the stone and I need to put some camber on the blade! This project is not going to like I had planned with these two difficult woods.

-- Mike, Western New York

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#1 posted 12-23-2010 10:08 PM

Maybe when my planes won’t cut I should think to sharpen the blades first. Took the #5 to the waterstones and now it melts through the maple ;)

-- Mike, Western New York

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