Hand Tools

Subject:
Maple

Steve Elliott
Is all Hard Maple the same? Essentially yes for planing studies.

I once bought a piece of hard maple with the intention of using it for a series of blade tests and the first time I tried to take a shaving it seemed like I'd installed the blade upside down. It took so much force to take a thin, wide shaving that I didn't want to use it for any kind of hand tool work. Its density was higher than the range given on the charts but otherwise it seemed like ordinary maple. I bought another piece of cherry to use instead.

The maple was OK to work with power tools.

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