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PurpLev

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#1 posted 10-13-2011 06:40 PM

from my experience with mahoganies (plural) this looks to me like the softer species and should be light in weight compared to a closed pore lumber like maple (this could help you confirm it). I probably wouldn’t use it for shop tools and go for maple/cherry/other closed cell hardwood instead.

just my take on this, certainly not the end of all things :)

Edit: just to clarify my reasoning why I would not use it if it WERE the lighter mahogany (or similar lumber):

1. it feels too light in the hand, especially smaller parts – I like tools to have heft in them especially if they have cutters. the extra weight means that the tool will cut on it’s own without me having to exert a lot of force on the cutting edge

2. this type of material (and other open pores lumber) is harder to finish to a smooth surface – not undoable, jsut takes more work and more steps (sealing pores and more coats) I like tools to have a real nice smooth surface especially if they have to ride on my work pieces

3. this type of material is easily chipped/tears out – requiring more attention during milling -especially when parts are smaller.

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