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Subject:
Re: waxing a dovetail saw
Response To:
waxing a dovetail saw ()

Warren in Lancaster, PA
What we call poplar in the woodworking trade here in eastern United States is Lireodendron tulipifera, which is in the Magnolia family. It is a traditional secondary wood, especially in the Mid Atlantic region.

One peculiarity of poplar is the occasional need for lubrication. One can go for months working other timbers, with no lubrication at all on planes and saws, then have some piece of poplar demand it. Sometimes one can get screeching planing end grain. Lubrication does not need to be very much and it does not need to be often or regular. Wax, oil or grease will work.

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