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Forum topic by Fettler posted 09-10-2013 12:25 AM 1059 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-10-2013 12:25 AM

i’m in the process of building out several chess-like game boreds using Wenge and Curly maple. After a couple passes with my #6 or #4 the Wenge cuts quickly go from shavings to dust. The dark dust then clogs the pores on the maple. My irons have a 30 degree secondary bevel.

Anyone have any suggestions to hand planing this wood other than re-sharpening every minute?

-- --Rob, Seattle, WA

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 12:26 AM

Back bevel.

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#2 posted 09-13-2013 10:11 PM

No ordinary steel blade will stand up to Wenge. You need a scraper made from HSS or with a carbide edge. Plane blades are not as strong as HSS. I don’t think you can even get HSS plane blades. HSS is usually induction welded to a soft steel backing as in bandsaw blades. Even non-carbide circular saw blades are not made of HSS.

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#3 posted 09-14-2013 01:12 PM

Don’t use wenge… :-) That’s my stategy.

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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