Can anyone give me some idea if cured alder, maple, or walnut contain any natural oils that could be damaging to high carbon steel? I want to make some boxes that will be in contact with items, or contain items that will eventually be in contact with, high carbon steel sword blades. I'm worried that these natural oils could damage the metal.
Any suggestions for wood that had no natural oils that might be better for this type of application?
Any suggestions for wood that had no natural oils that might be better
for this type of application?
Sooner or later natural wood and carbon steel will react.
Line the inside of the boxes with "mole skin" and the problem won't
In the first place, very few woods contain any oils at all. So: no, they don't.
In the second place, why are you concerned about oil damaging steel? Applying a
coat of oil is one of
the standard ways of *protecting* steel.
I am thinking he meant to say acids in the wood. I thought the oil
would be ok too. I wish Bocote did not have oil.... or what ever it is
in that wood that gums up sand paper very very quickly....as does Cocobolo.
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