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NZ native slabs

by JoshNZ
posted 01-14-2018 12:04 AM

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 08:27 AM

Hopefully I’m not going down a dead end road here =/. I guess I won’t know for sure for a few years but at this stage does anyone have any clues? Some parts of the wood seem to have a fury stringy finish, whether they’ve gone through the circular saw or bench saw. Is this any indication of poor wood quality?

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#2 posted 01-17-2018 06:21 PM

I couldn’t find too much about working with this hardwood, but some woods are “fuzzy” when cut. I don’t think it’s a sign of poor wood, but will perhaps take some work to get to a smooth finish while sanding.

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#3 posted 01-17-2018 06:30 PM

What does that tree produce? A fruit or some kind of seed with a nut like shell. I would first find out if it’s a hardwood or softwood.

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#4 posted 01-18-2018 12:35 AM

Well as I said I’m not even certain of the species. If it is Mangeao which is what it looks like, it produces a dark purple inedible fruit apparently. I’ve never seen it in fruit as it’s not on a property we visit often.

Can’t find any information about whether it’s a hard wood or soft wood. Density of 595kg per cube. I’ve read things saying it was used in NZ for boats, railway carriages, various instruments. Apparently the top floor of our capitol parliament building is built with it.

I put some through the planer wet and had mixed results, some with a nice finish, some with extreme tear-out leaving that fuzzy finish.

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