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Attaching Wenge for Plane Sole

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Hi Everyone,

 

I have a 1/4" or so piece of wenge that I plan on using for a handplane sole.  The body is cherry.

 

I was surprised when I resawed and joined this piece of wenge.  It isn't as dense as I expected and has a lot of - I don't know what to call them - voids.  Is this the normal look for wenge?  It is the first piece I've seen up close and personal.  Online it always looks smooth.

 

Should I use epoxy to glue the plate to the cherry body in order to fill in some of the structure?  Or can I just use wood glue?

 

Thanks for any suggestions.

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Wenge is an opened-pored wood.  I haven't had any problems with glue bonds using regular TB or TB2.  You can use TB3 if you're worried about it.

 

Whether or not it's appropriate for a plane sole, honestly I don't know.  Someone with more experience making and using wooden planes should chime in.  Maybe PM Scott Meek...you should find him if you search his name.

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