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Working with Macassar Ebony

Discussion in 'Instrument Makers' started by Rhett, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Rhett

    Rhett Member Full Member Thread Starter

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    Hey Guys, apparently I have to make 5 posts here in the introduction thread before I can post or comment anywhere else, so here is #2! I hope you enjoy!

    Working with Macassar Ebony is easy enough, but finishing and gluing is a totally different story. If you are going to glue it up, always rough up the glue surface with a few scratches from 120 paper or coarser and then wipe it down with Acetone a few minutes prior to gluing. Otherwise this oily wood will prevent the glue from sinking down into the wood fibers and cause the joint to fail eventually. Here is a snare I build from Mac Ebony.

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    Mike1950 Founding Member Founding Member Full Member

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    Beautiful
     
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    Holy Moley! That’s a beautiful wood. I’m jealous. great Job.
     
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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Very nice Rhett! Tony
     
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    Eric Rorabaugh Diagnosed with addiction by my wife..wood hoarding Full Member

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    I'm envious of that! Mods, we need an envious emoji!!!!
     
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    I'm leaning more and more towards epoxy for oily woods. I was going to glue a guitar top on today and decided not to before I buy some slow setting hardener.
     
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    Beautiful! You rock!
     
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    Gorgeous! Thanks for the hint on gluing with Macassar Ebony. Chuck
     
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    Blueglass. you may want to experiment on some pieces of wood before going all in on epoxy. I tested a couple of samples of walnut and ebony with epoxy and tightbond 3. The tightbond was a significantly better bond. The pva glue actually forms some kind of mechanical bond with the wood that the epoxy did not. Doing destructive tests the epoxy was always the weak link and broke. my 2 cents/
     
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    Tony Hardwood Enthusiast Staff Member Global Moderator Full Member

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    Long time no see Mike! Missed you at SWAT this year.
     
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    I have a hard time getting out of the valley, I was going to try but didn't make it.. Maybe next year trying to sell biz at the moment. /Good to hear from you.
     
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    Agree as above. I use a lot of it. Score the surface well clean with acetone and then I again with alcohol and use TB 3. Clamp properly I do 24 hours. Never had a delamination with this.
     
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