I was recently gifted a King portable thickness planer KC-426C (portable at 67lb without the stand is questionable). I have some Acacia hardwood flooring left over from when I did my house. My question is whether it would be suitable for small projects (specifically ornament boxes) where I would need as thin as 3/8" and possibly thinner. Also whether there is anything I need to be aware of considering its hardness (Janka 1750).
go for it...
beautiful wood and wood is wood....
is the flooring prefinished???
can you resaw the wood before dressing it w/ the plane???
save da plane!!! save da plane!!!
at 1750 your Acacia isn't all "that" hard but it is respectable...
is this what you have???
Black Wattle (Acacia mearnsii)
Common Name(s): Black Wattle
Scientific Name: Acacia mearnsii
Distribution: Native to Australia; introduced to many regions worldwide
Tree Size: 20-65 ft (6-20 m) tall, 1-1.6 ft (.3-.5 m) trunk diameter
Average Dried Weight: 46 lbs/ft3 (730 kg/m3)
Specific Gravity (Basic, 12% MC): .59, .73
Janka Hardness: 1,710 lbf (7,590 N)
Modulus of Rupture: 17,660 lbf/in2 (121.8 MPa)
Elastic Modulus: 2,117,000 lbf/in2 (14.60 GPa)
Crushing Strength: 8,960 lbf/in2 (61.8 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 3.1%, Tangential: 7.0%, Volumetric: 10.2%, T/R Ratio: 2.3
Color/Appearance: Heartwood is pink to light brown. Slightly lighter sapwood isn’t always sharply demarcated from heartwood.
Grain/Texture: Grain is interlocked, with a uniform medium texture and decent natural luster.
Endgrain: Diffuse-porous; solitary and radial multiples; medium to large pores in no specific arrangement, few; mineral/gum deposits occasionally present; parenchyma vasicentric, confluent; medium to wide rays, spacing normal.
Rot Resistance: Rated as non-durable; poor insect resistance.
Workability: No data available.
Odor: No characteristic odor.
Allergies/Toxicity: There have been no adverse health effects associated with Black Wattle. See the articles Wood Allergies and Toxicity and Wood Dust Safety for more information.
Common Uses: Flooring, and tannins (harvested from bark).
Comments: Black Wattle has been introduced to many different parts of the world beside its native Australia. It was initially used in the production of tannins, (its bark can contain up to 40-50% tannin), but the species has subsequently been labeled an invasive species in many locales, displacing native vegetation.
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