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Forum topic by emtwoodworker posted 01-27-2010 12:32 AM 1486 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2010 12:32 AM

I just picked up some ebony boards and they are covered in wax. What’s the best way to get the wax coating off?

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 12:38 AM

Use a card scraper or putty knife followed by mineral spirits.


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#2 posted 01-27-2010 03:24 AM

It was covered with wax to prevent moisture loss when it was green and freshly cut. It’s up to you to dry it properly. The steps depend on how thick it is. Ebony is brittle enough that it can self destruct if not dried properly. A few years ago one of the boutique infill plane makers went out of business partly because they didn’t understand that most exotic timber is sold green. The company had other problems but I think it was the green exotic wood that was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 03:35 AM

The wax is there to stop any drying, cracking, etc. You need to find out if they are still green before removing all of it.

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 05:40 AM

Keep the wax on the ends and remove the rest. Let it sit at room temperature for a couple days. And it’ll be ready to work.


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