What total garbage. --------------------------------- Decided to take a wood shop course at a local community college.
"Why", you ask?
"So I can play with all those neat toys the have", says I.
Toys with brand names like "Oliver" & "Northfield" to name just a couple.
After several hours of significant safety training, was given a 4/4 piece of African Mahogany to square up for secondary machining.
First toy was a 12" jointer which was used to face joint the piece.
Talk about a beauty. When running, it was so quiet you really had to listen to hear if it was running.
Noticed a few "tear outs" scattered across the face after the first couple of passes, but nothing serious.
Next over to the planer where the "tear outs" continued to sprout like chicken pox all over both surfaces as the piece was machined toward 3/4" thickness.
Finally stopped planing at 13/16" and headed to the drum sander where 3/4" thickness was obtained and the bulk of the "tear outs" disappeared.
Finally back to a smaller jointer to establish a square edge, this time without any "tear outs".
About half the class had the same problem as I did, the balance did not.
Questioned the instructors about the problem.
Their answer was you couldn't tell if you were going to have this "tear outs" problem until you started machining.
One of the instructors stated he won't use African Mahogany.
Now you know why I think African Mahogany is total garbage.
BTW, it also has a much more open grain structure than Honduras Mahogany.
The price differential between African and Honduras Mahogany also reflects the difference in quality.
Off the box.