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Picked up some makore today. Wondering if anyone has experience with it? How it works with hand tools? Just got a small piece to be smoothed into shelves and supports.
 

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It's very important for me, when I use hand tools like planes, saws, braces, etc, to work from makore. That's where all the power and sich comes from. If'n I just try to use ma' arms, I get too worn out.
 

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I've never worked with it, but found this statement on workability: "Generally easy to work, though sections with interlocked grain can cause tearout during planing or other machining operations. Makore will react when put into direct contact with iron, becoming discolored and stained. Makore also has a pronounced blunting effect on cutters due to its high silica content. Besides this dulling effect, Makore turns well, and is easy to glue and finish."

from this website: http://www.wood-database.com/wood-identification/
 
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