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

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#1 posted 10-24-2012 10:50 AM

I’ll reinforce what others have said. 80bf probably won’t be the difference in sharpening or not; however, maple is pitchy wood so you will definitely want to clean cutting tools more often. That will help them run cooler and stay sharp longer. Maple is also very prone to burning (more so if the tools aren’t clean) so I definitely recommend planning on making multiple passes so the final pass can be a fast light cut that is less likely to burn. Mineral stains can also be a pain… both those that are already in the wood and stains it can pick up in the milling process if you aren’t careful. I once did a project using maple during the summer in Florida. Unbeknownst to me, my sweat dripped on the cast iron top of my table saw and that was enough to transfer iron stains to the maple that were hell to get out later.

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