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Forum topic by D_Allen posted 01-13-2012 05:27 AM 757 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-13-2012 05:27 AM

I began a pen today using a zebrawood blank. When I got to the point of cutting the last little bit with a pen mill, it seemed not to want to cut. I just used the same pen mill earlier and it worked fine. Is zebrawood that much harder than other exotic woods?

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#1 posted 01-14-2012 06:52 PM

Not the easiest stuff to work with but it makes a nice pen!

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 12:55 AM

In my own experience, Zebra wood is more fibrous and open grained, compared to most exotics which are usually intertwined close grain and oily to deal with the humidity of tropical forests. So I don’t find it “harder”, but softer than ipe, bubinga, cocobolo, or ebony… the Iron woods … which dull your tools and kill your lungs… and which sink rather than float.. Zebra wood floats.
Nice Pen!! ~ e

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 03:27 AM

Yes, it is open grained. No matter how sharp the tool is it still pulls up tiny pock marks, in both directions.
I think it is the fibrous nature that you mentioned that makes it difficult to trim. The end grain wants to fold over and compact rather then stand there and be cut. It took about 5 coats of gel to smooth out the grain.

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