Can any one tell me what kind of wood this is? It's light-colored, feels like a hardwood, has some interesting brown marking, doesn't particularly smell like anything when I cut it.
On Monday, November 4, 2013 9:04:38 AM UTC-6, willshak wrote:
Thanks for the info, people who responded. I've been looking at pictures on the web and can't tell. I'm making a box for a charity auction (it's supposed to have other stuff inside). I guess I could label it "Maple or possibly Basswood + Red Oak Splines."
Basswood tends to be rather soft, while maple isn't all that soft. I don't
have a lot of experience with working either material, so I can't say more
You'd probably see advertising for something with an unknown hardwood
marked as "hardwood spline" rather than stating a specific wood.
Basswood is softer than Maple. Maple is a hardwood and used to make
You can make a dent in basswood with a fingernail. It is much harder
than balsa wood though.
I used a lot of thin basswood (up to a 1/4" thick) building dollhouse
I had to cut it with a Dremel 4" table saw, and turn legs and other
round items with a Dremel miniature lathe.
Dremel, now owned by BOSCH, doesn't make those tools anymore, but you
can find them on eBay.
I've been working on other projects, but one of these days I'll get to
using thin wood on my model railroad again. I'm thinking I'm actually
better off using my bandsaw to cut it than a miniature table saw. Since
the teeth only pass through with a downward motion, the workpiece would
be held to the table rather than rattling in the "breeze".
Have you tried using a bandsaw on the really thin material? I'm thinking
about material 1/32-1/8" thick, which is a little thick to get a clean
single cut with a utility knife.
On 11/08/2013 05:58 PM, email@example.com wrote:
That's why they are breaking all over the place, along with the fact
that these millionaire baseball players never figured out the grain
direction. We learned to not hit on the flat grain in the second grade
- else we'd be out a bat for quite a while. Always keep the Louisville
slugger stamp pointed straight up at the point of contact as it was
stamped on the flat grain...
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On Saturday, November 9, 2013 8:41:27 AM UTC-6, Leon wrote:
In the old days, they used hickory. And then for many years it was ash. Now
, most bats are made of maple (ash too). They seem to have a little more po
p. But maple often shattered, endangering players and fans. They changed th
e specs a little bit and use a dye to make sure the bat makers can find the
smaller veins in maple. There were far fewer shattered maple bats in the M
LB this year.
On Sunday, November 3, 2013 9:10:14 PM UTC-8, Michael wrote:
Uhh not sure what these others are thinking but that is Cherry. Color, grain, dark sap marks. It should burn easily if you slow cut on a high speed tool and then smell a bit like a cherry cigar.
BTW I wish I could say "it doesn't smell like much when I cut it."
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