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Black and White Ebony (Read 307 times)
 
Richard Beecher
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Black and White Ebony
May 10th, 2017 at 11:17am
 
Does anyone have any experience with drying and turning B&W ebony? After reading about how bad it can check and crack I'm almost afraid to touch it. It's a 3x3x12 piece to be used for a peppermill.
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Steve nix
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Re: Black and White Ebony
Reply #1 - May 10th, 2017 at 11:57am
 
I've only used it to make a few duck calls 1 1/2 x 1 1/2" stock  with no cracking..
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Re: Black and White Ebony
Reply #2 - May 10th, 2017 at 1:08pm
 

It usually works for me, but I give ebony plenty of time to balance moisture content.  Have had check/crack in the process of shedding moisture. 

Dense wood dries slowly, and ebony is indeed dense.

For drilled items, I drill without heating the wood very much and let it sit for a week or two before turning.
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