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#1 posted 02-18-2020 03:51 AM

I remember reading in Fine Woodworking years ago that Honey Locust does not have the decay resistance of Black Locust. Black Locust heartwood lasts for many years in the elements. The house I bought the better part of a decade ago had a neglected and uncovered wood pile made up of mainly Black Locust (I’ve got dozens on my property) and I’ve split it open to reveal nearly perfect wood. I’m making a set of socket chisel handles from some.

I also have some Honey Locust I had sawn up into slabs from my sister’s property. It’s hard (a lot like ash or oak) and would not be all that easy to carve, judging by the chisel and minor plane work I’ve done on some boards. Working it green should make it a bit easier but you’re in for some labor. It’s pretty wood under oil varnish and even comes to life using just mineral oil for cutting boards, but I don’t know firsthand how it might hold up over the long haul.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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