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    Mahogany wasn't stable enough? You have to tell me what you mean by this!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Giger View Post
    Mahogany wasn't stable enough? You have to tell me what you mean by this!
    The Brain: "I will accept nothing less than mahogany!"
    Pinky: "There is no substitute for Diana Ross!"

    Years ago, my EAA Tech Counselor told me not to mix types of wood, as different species had different coefficients of thermal expansion (CTE). They would expand and contract differently when the temperature changed. If they were glued together, the bond would be subject to unanticipated sheer loads.

    Ron "Nog!" Wanttaja

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    Good afternoon Frank and Ron.

    What I meant by not stable enough was that the wood split once I added a couple holes through both halves of the handle that already had groove cut out with carving chisels. Mahogany makes very nice cabinet making wood, it turns well, is easy to shape and takes an edge well. But, and this is a big but, it is not very dense. Hence, it split. I know where there is an apple orchard that was cut down out by mom and the land is up for sale. Next time I am out there I will call and harvest some nice branches out of the brush piles.

    Jim

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    Thanks much, Jim. Had never worked with Mahogany.

    Ron Wanttaja

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