The stuff's pretty, but it's some of the most miserable wood to work
with that I've ever seen.
Latest is trying to route some shoulders, using a table mounted router.
Even taking a 1/32" cut huge splinters come off it, and it doesn't matter
if I do a climb or a chip cut. Trying to take more than that off at a
pass huge chunks come off it.
Oh, well, I've got mountains of Lyptus dust in the vacuum and the dust
collector and the jointer and the corner and my hair and everywhere else I
can see. Should be easy to make up some matched patching as long as I
don't want to stain it.
Next time I'm going to try a dado blade and see if it does any better.
And before anybody says "shoulder plane", the stuff is not quite in the
concrete with leaves category, but it's close.
If the developers of this stuff set out deliberately to turn me off of
plantation-grown hybrid lumber they couldn't have done a much better job.
Getting a decent result out of the stuff is enough of a challenge to be
rewarding but it's not something of which I'd want a steady diet.
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