Turning green/wet Lignum Vitae

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Forum topic by Marcus posted 03-26-2014 02:25 PM 756 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-26-2014 02:25 PM

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I have a 3”x3” spindle of argentine lignum vitae that I want to toss on the lathe, but not quite sure how to work with it since it’s green. It’s wax coated, so still very wet, but do you need to worry about the drying/cracking like you do with other woods? From looking around, people say this wood seems to stay wet for what seems like forever and dries extremely slow. Is it still advisable to rough turn, throw in a brown bag for 6 months and work? Or can you turn it to finish as is?


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#1 posted 03-26-2014 11:48 PM

I can’t answer your exact question, since I have only turned one or two small pieces.

It is so oily that it cuts like butter and can produce a shiny surface straight from the tool. Sanding left a horrible surface, since the sandpaper gums up right away. It is best to get the surface you want without attempting to sand.

-- Steve

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