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Posted on Hard Maple dulling tooling, blades, bits, and knives

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 07:42 AM

I work with hard maple a lot as well, Mineral streaks are brutal and be sure to cut the ends off a bit just in case there is some dirt embedded in the end grain. Keep the tools clean and sneak up on your final dimensions in case you do get some burn….. Your blades will dull but that is the nature of the beast….. Get them resharpened and move on….. Maybe use a cheaper rip blade and use the good one for the final if you want to. Burning could be from pitch on the blade, fence out of alignment, speed of cut, stopping ect….. Routing, go in nice easy passes depending on how much your taking off, best be safe and take several passes…...Enjoy….

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