Ebony (Diospyros ebenum)
Ebony is a really beautiful wood but is also very, very hard to work with. from my uses of Ebony i have found that it is a very brittle wood and chips very often. it is also very hard to shape using hand tools again because it chips so much. really i have found...
Wood Library - Bloodwood
In my experience working with bloodwood I found the following…
It is very hard (Janka 2900). Sometimes chips out with the router and is very difficult to hand sand in the nooks and cranies. I've recently heard that it "is HELL on scroll saw blades" too.
It can be...
LumberJock's Wood Library
The LumberJock's Wood Library is a collection of blogs written by LumberJocks about their hands on experience working with different woods. You are invited and encouraged to contribute to this Wood Library.
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Wood Library.. Hickory
A beautiful but very "hard" wood. Lends itsself more to carpentry than to fine woodworking. It often took 45-60 mins to plane a 12 ft board. Screws, with pilot holes very often, striped the heads (square drive), snapped or simply reached a point where they stalled out...
Wood Library - Mahogany
South American - Swietenia macrophylla
African - Khaya ivorensis
Mahogany along with cherry, and oak are probably the most used wood for furniture. It was a favorite of Chippendale.
It's also used in musical instruments, boat making, outdoor furnitiure…
Wood Library - Janka Hardness
A measure of the hardness of wood, which is produced by a variation on the Brinell hardness test. The test measures the force required to push a steel ball with a diameter of 11.28 millimeters (0.444 inches) into the wood to a depth of half the ball's diameter...
Wood Library - Boxwood
Boxwood - Buxus sempervirens
Long used to make model ships in the 15th and 16th centuries . These ships were then used as the models to make full size ships. Stanley Tools has long used it for their folding rules. Also used for engravings for printing applications and...
Wood Library - Swiss pear
Swiss Pear - Pyrus communis
This is another wood loved by model makers. It's grain is straight to sometimes wavy.
The wood has been steamed to produce an even pink color with little to no figure.
The wood is remarkable for its extraordinary smoothness and evenness of...
Wood Library - Holly
Holly - Ilex opaca
I love this wood for trim and inlays on dark woods.
It has almost no figure from grain pattern or color. Holly is a chalky white to a light shade of gray.
The texture is very fine and uniform.
It's an easy wood to work with. Cuts clean and smooth with...
Wood Library - Basswood
Basswood - Tilia americana
If you love to carve then this is the wood for you. It has a cream color with very little to no pattern from grain so you can cut it in basically any direction. Very easy to carve.
It's not the greatest for machining and tends to rip or crush...
Wood Library - Beech
American Beech - Fagus grandifolia
European Beech - Fagus sylvatica
This is a great wood that has a lot of nice properties.
It has a fairly straight grain and looks kind of like scaled down oak. The sapwood is a cream white color, the heartwood is a light reddish brown...