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Forum topic by rowdy posted 09-29-2010 06:34 PM 832 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-29-2010 06:34 PM

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I have started building a box out of mahogany. This is the first time I have worked with this variety of wood. When I cut the miters for the corners, the wood chipped or split at the bottom of the cut 7 out of 8 times. I have used the same sled, blade and saw many times before on walnut, maple, sapele, etc. without encountering this problem. So my first question is: is this typical of mahogany in general or do I have a poor piece of lumber? The second question is: what can I do to reduce the tearout issues, given that I have a reasonably large board that I want to use for other projects instead of turning it into firewood. Comments and suggestions welcome.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 03:25 AM

A zero clearance insert will help. Can you be more specific about what kind of “Mahogany” you have? This is a word that is used to describe some very nice wood and several others, not so nice.


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#2 posted 09-30-2010 03:35 AM

Paul, I am not sure what kind of mahogany it is. It was sold to me as “mahogany”. I think it may have been one of the “not so nice” types you mentioned. Thanks for your input.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 03:39 AM

zero clearance, backer board, blue painters tape – those are the techniques I know of to deal with tearouts.

personally I find mahogany to be very soft, and cuts cleanly – what type of mahogany are you using?

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 03:41 AM

As shipwright says, a zero clearance insert will help. Otherwise, yo can put another piece of wood as a backstop at the exit of the cut to stop that. But that wastes a lot of pine.

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 03:43 AM

As above, backer board and blue tape would be what I would try. If that didn’t solve it then I would try scoring it with a razor knife.

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