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02-11-2011 08:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: hornbeam

Hello woodworkers,

Do you have any experience with hornbeam wood?I soppose it’s good enough for small bandsaw and scrollsaw projects?Any advice is usefull.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 08:31 AM

It is dense, has fine uniform texture, and is quite hard and strong. Cuts nicely leaving very smooth surface. Often used where wear resistance is needed. I think it would be good for carving.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 08:39 AM

hornbeam or ironwood can be used for club! haha all i know is it’s very dense and very nice looking.Its probably hard on blades I would try it on the band saw with a lot of teeth per inch.

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 05:07 AM

Lie Nielsen makes their chisel handles from hornbeam. When I was a teenager somebody gave my dad a cord of hornbeam. When it was freshly cut it was easy to split. As it dried it became very hard and hearly impossible to split into firewood. I’d love to get some for tool handles.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 07:43 PM

Very hard, but not very weather resistant. I made pegs for an outdoor bench out of hornbeam once. 4 years latter, even though treated, they practically disintigrated. (that reminds me, come spring I have to replace them with cedar pegs.)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 07:44 PM

Build wood bodied planes!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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