The wood is reported to have medium to severe dulling effect on cutting edges.
A reduced cutting angle is recommended for planing quarter sawn material and cutting edges should be kept very sharp to prevent grain pick-up.
Red ivorywood is reported to be a very popular choice for turnery work.
The timber is considered to be difficult to work, especially with hand tools. Sharp, thin edges and proper cutting angles are suggested for the best results in most machining operations.
Carving qualities are reported to be excellent, and the wood is highly favored for small items such as wooden jewelry and chessmen.
Gluing qualities are reported to be good.
Pre-boring is recommended.
The timber is reported to hold screws firmly.
Polished surfaces are reported to be shiny.
The timber is reported to take stains well and evenly.
Response to Hand Tools
Red ivorywood is very hard, heavy, and tough, which makes it rather difficult to work with hand tools. Cutting edges should be kept very sharp since the wood has a medium to severe dulling effect on cutters.
The timber is reported to respond poorly to steam bending, and can only be bent to a large radius of curvature.
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