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plane wood

Postby anobium » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:36 pm

I have acquired some branches of plane wood (Platanus) about 20cm in diameter. It is green and difficult to split.
Any ideas as to possible uses?
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Re: plane wood

Postby monkeeboy » Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:49 pm

Makes nice spoons, nice crisp and hard wood.
Has some nice "flecks" in it like Sycamore and Beech.

Good firewood.
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Re: plane wood

Postby witt » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:16 pm

Known for good workbench top, make mini workbench with it.
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Re: plane wood

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Feb 11, 2013 10:38 pm

Great for bowls on the lathe or carved. Get the grain right, you will need a radial section and it shows up the most wonderful grain pattern caused by the medullary rays in the wood, just like quarter sawn oak. Also known as lacewood when cut radially showing the medullary rays
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Re: plane wood

Postby robin wood » Tue Feb 12, 2013 6:30 pm

doesn't split = great for mallet heads chair seats, wheel hubs or anywhere else that you need to drill holes into something and have it not split.
It's not easy to cleave so if you have a bandsaw use that. Design things that have large flat areas on the radial face eg quarter sawn spatulas.
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Re: plane wood

Postby ToneWood » Wed Feb 13, 2013 9:30 am

If it doesn't split easily, then things that elm was traditionally used for are probably contenders. Knife handles (Ben Orford uses elm for his pick knife handles), pig-sticker mortice chisel handles, the head of a dumb head shave-horse (I think Gavin used elm for his), chopping boards/blocks (esp. if you can expose attractive natural patterns as others have described above). Bowls? :D
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