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

Larry Barrett
I have been reading these threads with interest but have not not had much to contribute. I use oak a lot in chairmaking (white, red, black, chestnut) and after riving out billets, most work is with a drawknife/spokeshave (so some similarity to planing wood) . In the initial stages, the wood contains a lot of moisture and the main idea is to remove the sapwood as quickly as possible. With wet wood it is usually very easy to work on the ray planes and not much harder to work on the growth ring plane in the heartwood. But regardless of the species, the most tenacious wood by far is the sapwood, and in particular the sapwood that is in the growth ring right at the juncture with the heartwood.

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