Can someone me help with Turning and Finishing ebony

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Forum topic by triw posted 02-03-2012 01:01 AM 1175 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-03-2012 01:01 AM

I pickedup some ebony scraps and wanted to turn some for pens. As I am new to turning I have a couple of questions. First question does this turn easy or do I need to be aware of any problems (ebony is not cheap so dont want to ruin the wood in ignorance)
Second what is the best way to finish ebony. On ironwood and mesquite burl I just sand to 2000 and polish with the white wax.
Any suggestions or help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance William

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 04:37 PM

OK I tried to turn some for a pen and I noticed a lot of small cracks. The wood is very dry when I drilled out a piece I did not get shavings like I do on mesquite or ironwood but a very fine powder. Should I oil the wood HELP!

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 05:05 PM

You can fill cracks with CA glue shot with an accelerator spray. You can
but black dust in there, or metal filings for a cool effect highlighting
the cracks.

Ebony is real fine grained so you can finish it or not as you like. It is
hard and fine enough you can use wax and buff it up to a nice gloss.
Any of the finishing techniques which work well on turned burls (which
are dense and fine grained) will work on ebony as well.

Oil is fine, wax is fine, shellac, lacquer, spar varnish. Anything will work
but for a pen you might want to keep the finish very thin.

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 03:07 PM

Some people are very allergic to ebony, wear a mask when working it, especially turning and sanding.

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "Finished"!

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