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#1 posted 03-20-2015 07:20 PM

I love walnut and honduras mahogany for hand tools. I haven’t worked much with ash or cherry, but I’ve heard they’re good hand tool woods as well. Hard maple is split-prone and tears out easily, but can be planed to an almost mirror-like surface with sharp tools.

Least-favorite is chinese elm… so interlocked, impossible to plane correctly. I also don’t really like African mahogany as it’s soft and stringy, making it hard to get cuts started.

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