Hand Tools Archive

Subject:
Re: Tree to tree differences
Response To:
Tree to tree differences ()

Warren in Lancaster, PA
I would say there is a correlation between hardness and dulling. We certainly notice some woods that are rougher on the edge than some others that are more dense. As an example, a wood that is stringy tends to beat up the edge.

Tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, is a good example of a wood that has very different working characteristics between heartwood and sapwood, both for planing and chiseling. Hand tool woodworkers have a strong preference here.

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