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Re: "Hardest" species
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Re: "Hardest" species ()

I remember a particularily miserable time trying to plane out a chunk of black locust I'd cut out of a friends tree that came down.

I'm not sure what it was as the wood wasn't really all THAT hard (wood DB claims 1700 which seems about right, hard but not anywhere near blackwood & friends) but about 3 plane strokes (old stanley O1 for the record) and there'd be big wear streaks in the blade, enough to leave visible ridges on the wood. No obvious inclusions so my theory is/was that there were silica streaks in the tree for some reason (apparently locust is known to do that). I eventually gave up on it and now the chunks sit on my lumber shelf slowly growing harder and mocking me.

Another chunk made a truely fantastic chopping block though.

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