|Forum topic by JuanVergara||posted 06-13-2014 03:52 AM||757 views||0 times favorited||11 replies|
06-13-2014 03:52 AM
Hey, fellow Lumberjocks.
I’m in the end-game of a commission to make an infill hand plane for a client back East, and I’m worried about seasonal wood movement.
The infill is black acacia, and my worry arises from the fact that the grain direction is basically plainsawn, meaning that if the wood moves at all, it will do so sideways, either pushing into or pulling away from the steel sides of the plane. (Why did I take the risk in the first place by using this wood, you ask. Well – well, because I wanted to see whether I could get away with it, for one, and for another, because the wood was drop-dead gorgeous.)
As I understand it, you “stabilize” wood, whatever that means, by enclosing it in a vacuum immersed in something like Texas Cactus Juice, and as the vacuum sucks air out of the wood, the Texas Cactus Juice takes its place in the fibers of the wood.
If “stabilizing” means only “hardening punky wood so you can work it,” I get the idea. But does the process also limit wood movement? Would it relieve my worry about the infill for this particular infill?
I don’t know what the specifics are as regards black acacia and wood movement, but I’d be willing to bet that the specifics are close to those of black walnut, as it is a relatively soft, open grain wood. It’s lovely to work, even lovelier to look at in an infill plane, and I wouldn’t worry about it if the client who will use this hand plane lived in California, where I live. The seasons change here maybe once a decade. My client gets four of those things every year, if you can believe that.
Thanks in advance, folks. I’m new to Lumberjocks and already I’m a committed visitor.
-- Juan Vergara, California, www.juanvergara.net