turning ebony

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Forum topic by trz posted 05-17-2013 11:38 PM 1004 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2013 11:38 PM

Any tips or hints on turning ebony spindles? Beside using sharp tool!

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#1 posted 05-17-2013 11:48 PM

I’ve only turned 2 ebony objects and found it very easy to turn;. Turned very smoothly without much effort and really polished out with sandpaper. I found I really liked working with it. The dust however seemed to get everywhere easily and coat everything.

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#2 posted 05-18-2013 06:03 AM

+1 derosa on the dust! It also seems to cling to everything.

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#3 posted 05-18-2013 11:17 AM

fine detail is difficult. the material is very brittle and edges chip. definitely shear cut and keep the scraping to a minimum.

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 03:35 PM

Use carbide and patience, I believe you will find it to be a very enjoyable experience. You might even find that it “tuens like butter”.

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#5 posted 01-04-2014 07:17 PM

I’ve turned Macassar Ebony which is considerably harder than Ceylon Ebony and it was no problem at all. I used a combination of carbide (roughing) and steel (shaping). It definitely dulls the tools a little quicker but can be polished to a nice sheen.


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