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syntholabo
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13/08/2019 12:10 pm  

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This might be a stupid question but should I abandon this heel block, on account of the cracked knot you can see on the pictured face?

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I have this block of what I think is Alder, but it's difficult to read the end grain faces. You can see the live edge in the distance, which I presume indicates the direction of growth upwards?

Any comments appreciated.

 


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13/08/2019 12:40 pm  

Bin it 🙄 looks like it is full of cracks....not good!

Measure twice, cut once...


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13/08/2019 2:36 pm  

Yup. Thanks

Think the Alder slab is OK to mill up? 


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13/08/2019 4:32 pm  

@syntholabo

I've not made a heel or tail block using Alder - I do have to recommend you stay 'on script' obviously but... if it is a good enough piece then I don't see why not - Go for it and let us know how it turns out!

A quick check confirms it is comparable to spruce in strength. I have used spruce...and of course Mahogany. I've also used Cedrella.

Just make sure it is not too weak after you have made the slot - You should not be able to break it by hand...try it - if it breaks it was bad...only bad things break (a wise man once told me)...

 

 

 

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14/08/2019 12:10 am  

W I S D O M 


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