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Marn64

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09-08-2016 10:18 PM

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Hey everybody, so I have this German plane and it needs a new sole, I was going to do Lignum Vitae but it may be too expensive, so I wanna weigh my other options, I was thinking Bloodwood or East Indian Rosewood. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
here is the plane in question

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee


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#1 posted 09-09-2016 12:13 AM

I bought a 2×2x12 lignum turning block for 20$ so it’s not too bad.

I’d say anything harder than the body really (beech?)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#2 posted 09-09-2016 12:50 AM

Bubinga would be a good choice, it is not as hard as Lignum Vitae, but similar to East Indian Rosewood in hardness. Readily available and cheaper than many exotics.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 09-09-2016 01:06 AM



I bought a 2×2x12 lignum turning block for 20$ so it s not too bad.

I d say anything harder than the body really (beech?)

- TheFridge


Yes, it is European Beech, also, where can I find a Genuine lignum block of that size?

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#4 posted 09-09-2016 01:48 AM

Good luck finding genuine. Argentine lignum isn’t far behind in hardness. It took everything I had to break 5/16×5/16×5 piece. That stuff is crazy strong.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#5 posted 09-09-2016 04:21 AM

I like Ipe for the soles on my wooden planes. Fairly easy to acquire and reasonable cost. Not quite as hard as lignum vitae, but still much harder than any wood it would likely encounter.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#6 posted 09-09-2016 04:52 AM

My first thought would actually be boxwood but from woodatabase it says Ipe is actually harder. And probably easier to get.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#7 posted 09-09-2016 06:34 AM

Rosewood is a good choice… you can buy a guitar
fingerboard cheap on ebay.

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#8 posted 09-09-2016 10:44 PM

It depends on how much you plan on really using it. Unless you’re a full time woodworker doing all hand plane work, I really don’t think it’ll make that much difference.

Beech, rosewood, white oak, will probably outlast most of today’s woodworkers.

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