Wood Workers Source

8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Saturday
General Description
 
Working Properties for: Santalum album
 

Cutting Resistance

Cutting resistance is rather low, and the timber is reported to saw easily.


Planing

The timber is reported to plane with little difficulty to produce smooth, satiny surfaces.


Turning

Turning properties are rated as very good, and turned surfaces are usually very clean. The wood is reported to be an excellent choice for turning.


Moulding

The timber responds readily to most tools to produce smooth surfaces in moulding operations.


Boring

The timber is reported to bore without difficulty with ordinary tools.


Routing & Recessing

Routing operations are reported to be rather easy.


Mortising

The wood mortises readily and cleanly with ordinary machine tools.


Carving

Carving qualities are rated as excellent, and Sandalwood is reported to be an exceptional wood for carving.


Gluing

Some precaution may be necessary because of high oil content.


Staining

Application of stains and other finishes may require some prior surface preparation because of high oil content.


Sanding

Sanding properties are reported to be good. The strong and spicy odor produced during sanding operations is reported to be sometimes overpowering.


Polishing

High oil content is reported to help produce a satiny smooth and slightly lustrous surface in polishing operations.


Response to Hand Tools

Response to hand tools is reported to be very good.