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07-07-2010 09:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lacewood

I’m still resawing and sanding it, so I haven’t actually tried making anything yet, but I’m blown away by the grain pattern. What’s it like to actually work with?

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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#1 posted 07-07-2010 10:24 PM

You are already working with it and it sounds like you are having fun!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#2 posted 07-07-2010 10:31 PM

I’ve worked with it a little. If you look at project 25277 you will see a table I made with a lacewood trim.

Lacewood and Leopardwood are often confused because they look so much alike. The scales on leopardwood are just a little bigger. Lacewood comes from Australia and Leopardwood comes from South America. I’ve worked with both.

I don’t think there is anything particularly significant about working with it. For me, it is like most other hardwoods. In terms of working qualities, I would compare it to hard maple.

I think a key question is how to finish it. Normally, I don’t like stains but with lacewood you may want to really bring out the grain. Stains can do that. I have not used a stain on lacewood yet (just poly). However, the next time I work with lacewood I may experiment with a stain. If you don’t get the grain to pop out, it looks like any other wood until you get close.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 12:07 AM

I’ve worked a little bit of lacewood. The pieces I used were prone to some tearout during planing. Keep the blades sharp and moisten the surface to reduce tearout. It’s pretty amazing stuff to look at!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 01:36 AM

It’s amazing stuff, but be careful. Some people have reported alergic reactions to the dust—some severe. Wear a dust mask and be alert.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 10-01-2011 06:45 PM

Lacewood is very, very bad. At least for me. I had a terrible allergic reaction where my eyes swelled shut.

-- John

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