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Turning Characteristics of Common Woods

Because most lathe duplicator cutters cut with a scraping action, the density and grain structure of the wood will affect the quality of the turned surface and the amount of sanding required. Generally speaking, the best results will be achieved with very hard woods which have straight, even, closed grains. Softer woods or those with pronounced annual rings often chip, tear and feather and will re-quire considerably more sanding.

Refer to Table 13-1 to find the turning characteristics of various common woods.

Tabel 13-1: Turning Characteristics of Common Woods
Wood
Characteristics
Suitability
Beech, birch, cherry, hard maple, rosewood, ebony, Honduran mahogany Very hard, consistent woods with tight, closed grain pattern. Excellent
Walnut, soft maple, Philippine mahagony, teak, and many fruitewoods Slightly softer woods or those with more open grain structure. Good
Red oak, hickory, ash, sassafras, red cedar, white pine, sugar pine Softer woods or those with open or stringy grain structure. Fair
Basswood, balsa, cypress, redwood, yellow pine, western cedar Very soft woods with open, stringy or irregular grain. Poor

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