Let it first be said, my woodworking skills are a bit under average - I've
only done a few projects. A few in cherry, and 1 in walnut.
My 11 year old son has shown an interest in woodworking. So, this past
weekend, we ran down to the Woodcraft in Denver and picked up a jewelry box
plan and some walnut (one of my favorite woods).
After a few days of working with the walnut, I've been having flashbacks of
my very first woodworking project - a simple, dovetailed recipe box out of
walnut. A box that ended up looking fairly pitiful given the chips,
splinters, and resultant gaps at the joints. Walnut seems to chip and
splinter very easily. I'm using new router bits and a fairly new WW2 blade
on the Unisaw... Last night, we were preparing all cuts with blue masking
tape - with only marginally effectiveness.
So my questions are these -
1) Will mixing fine walnut sawdust w/ titebond 2 provide an effective fill
for the gaps at the joints due to splinters\chips?
2) I've heard much about a wood "machining" well. Is this what I am
experiencing? What does "machining well" mean? Walnut doesn't "machine"
well? Given the common woods - cherry, alder, walnut, maple, oak, etc - what
is there comparative machinability? How do you compensate for woods that
don't machine well?
I love the look of walnut, even moreso than cherry - I hope someday to have
the skill to use it...