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Posted on Gluing African Blackwood to Walnut?

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#1 posted 11-28-2012 08:43 PM

I’ve not had any issues with TB III. I’ve used Blackwood for some inlays and plugs. I do wipe with acetone before I glue. I have never noticed the green tone you mention. Sanding with 100g should be fine for the glued surface. If you’re really concerned, use a good grade, waterproof, clear epoxy.

I’d be more concerned with application of the Blackwood. If I understand your post, you are essentially replacing the butt plate, made from hard rubber with Blackwood. Blackwood is really nice, polishes to a beautiful finish, works well with hand tools etc… My concern would be that it is a very brittle wood. When I use a small block plane, my shaving crumble (not nice silky ribbons). I’ve dropped this stuff off of my bench and it chips. This stuff does not react like other woods. May of may not be problematic, but I enjoy skeet shooting. The butt of my shotgun has hit the ground hard, or the car door, or the bed of the pickup. Just food for thought.

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