Tagua Nut Ivory wafers

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Blog entry by MrLaughingbrook posted 04-13-2018 01:49 PM 1013 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve had a couple of Tagua nuts laying around the shop for at least ten years. I received them as a gift and was not sure what to do with them. Well, I decided to cut one into 3/16 inch thick wafers to see what was inside. I found a very nice, hard material that looks and feels like ivory. The possibilities are endless.

My procedure seems successful so I thought I’d write this blog.

1. Sand a flat spot on the nut
2. CA glue it to a block
3. Use a piece of hardboard as a zero clearance base to slide along the fence a. to catch the wafers b. to assist in setting next fence position
4. The first cut is aligned by sight with a goal of slicing off the shell and creating parallel sides
5. Slide the hardboard base and block through the saw
6. Use a 3/16 inch spacer to position the base for next cut
7. Pull the fence to the new position against the base and lock
8. Cut a wafer and repeat

I plan to use one wafer to make a couple of small parts that I would call “stays”. I’ll shape rounded rectangles about 1/4×3/4, drill a hole for a brass nail in one end and install them on the inside of a hinged tray. When the tray is open one can rotate the stay to the open position and support the door from falling. Watch my project posts to see how it turns out.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#1 posted 04-13-2018 02:47 PM

Thanks for sharing… I had one years ago… tried to carve it hand… extremely hard.
Might have to give it a try again.

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