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Re: yes on the razee
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yes on the razee ()

> i'll be interested in hearing how easy it is to work as one of the things that I've noticed with woods other than beech is if they have grain direction less than agreeable, it can be hard to get clean cuts inside cheeks, etc. Or in the case of something like ebony, there's not enough directional conviction for the long grain to be strong, and erosion at the mouth and chipping is pretty common.

In my experience, green oak isn’t a pleasure to work with. It feels like compressed white oak: stiffer, harder and denser. It’s just hard on tools. But it makes fine planes and other tools.

Sorb is great. It resembles pear wood. As easy to work as beech, but tighter, heavier and wear resistant. Try it some time.

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