Came into a stash of very dense wood - mahogany is what I was told. The grain is super, super tight. I tried to rip some of it and boy, my table saw was struggling. The saw is a 1 1/2 horse Jet contractor. Any ideas on how I do this better? Blade choice?
The wood is 2 3/8 by 3 1/2 and 76 inches long. I want to rip them in half and plane them to flat.
Appreciate some pointers.
On Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 1:27:08 PM UTC-5, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Describe the problem more, for us.
Was this wood given to you, free wood?
Is it your saw that is weak, as to why it's hard to cut? A sharp blade may help.
Is the wood pinching your saw blade, as you cut? This may be because the wood has been case-hardened, i.e., improperly kiln dried. Some folks give away case hardened wood, because of this/these sort of problems with working it.
A dedicated rip blade would be a good place to start... large gullets to
remove waste and rip teeth to sever the fibers. Alternatively, perhaps gain
access to a bandsaw and buy a suitable resaw blade for it?
As an aside... I never thought of mahogany as being a tight grained wood nor
particularly hard to cut. Sounds more like Ipe... ?!?
It might be worth giving your saw a minor tune up. Check the belt
tension (too loose or too tight give poor results) and make sure your
fence is aligned perfectly.
I wonder if applying a lube (such as wax) to the blade would help. I've
done it with Forstner bits and it helps.
Hard to tell what the bro blue might be, BUT you can over tax the motor if
you are going to plane the boards flat after ripping, as possibly indicated
by the order of operations that you mentioned.
If you are trying yo cut a board that is not flat or straight you are very
likely binding the blade in the cut.
And FWIW, mahogany is typically pretty soft compared to oak but then again
any rip that is over 2" thick on a non flat or straight board is going to
be tough with only 1.5 hp.
Using a combination blade? Don't. Use a 20-30 tooth flat ground blade; a
real rip blade. If your saw continues to struggle, set cut depth a bit over
half the thickness, rip, flip the board and rip again.
I'm with others, your boards sound like ipe, not mahogany.
Well, this is more likely that I was using the wrong blade. I had high tooth count blade I was using for plywood. I've got a ripping blade that I will switch over to.
I'm not sure it's ipe, wrong part of the world. Wood came in on a Japanese cargo ship. I suspect jatoba as a possibility.
When cut, it's a nice brown color.
Can be teak or anything. When living in the south pacific for a few
years we would get ships in from South East Asia and the US. The Asian
ships would brace the cargo with what I determined to be Mahogany. I
got the entire shipload of heavy and wide lumber. We could not handle
most of it due to size but we had a warehouse that the big Hyster fork
lift machines walked the load in for us to make smaller.
The wood lasted for some years with people building all sorts of items.
Good luck with your load. It might help if you knew where the ship
loaded. That is your wood source, not the flag country.
On 5/28/2015 6:36 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That explains it. You are feeding the wood wrong.
In Japan, they drive on the left side of the road. Feed the wood from
the other side and it will go through the blade much smoother.
Glad I could help.
Teak is _very_ unlikely. That's been a valuable wood for
a long time, I doubt someone would just randomly leave a
chunk around (and they certainly wouldn't use it for dunnage).
Real mahogany doesn't grow in the far east, so it wouldn't
be that, either. The various trees that are called things
like Phillipine Mahogany (lauan, etc) are all rather soft
compared to true mahogany, which as mentioned is itself
softer than oak, maple, etc.
If the wood was dunnage, there's a whole slew of little
known tropical trees it could be.
On 5/27/2015 2:27 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I have never thought of mahoganny has a dense wood . Mahoganny is one of
the lightest woods on the Janka scale.
Check your blade, get a rip blade.
That's some thick wood, and if you are not using a rip blade it will
only take a small cut before filling up.
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