Ebony accents from turning blanks

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Forum topic by Scott C. posted 04-18-2017 12:44 AM 643 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Scott C.

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04-18-2017 12:44 AM

Are there any reasons using waxed ebony turning blanks would be a bad idea for greene and greene accent pieces? i.e. will exposing the “green” inside of the turning blank after cutting and shaping cause problems once the small pieces are installed? I’m thinking the pieces would be small enough that any movement wouldn’t be enough to cause problems. This is for small 1/2’’ x 1/2’‘x plugs and 3/8” x 5” splines.

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#1 posted 04-18-2017 12:55 AM

Are your blanks completely waxed or waxed at the ends only?
Did the seller provide any information about how long the piece has been dried.
Make a couple of rough sizing cuts from the stock. Take a couple moisture readings to be on the safe side.
I’ve used turning stock to cut accent pieces without any problems. You may be fine, however, theres no way of knowing how much the stock will shirk without having some idea of how much moisture is contained in the piece.

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#2 posted 04-20-2017 09:35 PM

I’ve actually done 1/2 of what you’re about to do. The plugs should not give you a problem. I’ve done it on 2 projects now without issue. One of which is my desk chair that I see every day and the plugs are as secure today as when I put them in 8 years ago. I don’t have any splines in my work… yet… so I cannot speak with any experience there. If I were to venture an educated guess… you’ll be fine.

Good Luck,


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