HMS Warrior 1781

October 30, 2008

Milling ebony

Filed under: Vol. 2 — admin @ 8:24 pm

I milled down one of my ebony sticks today, originally it was 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 24″.  I cut 4 strips 1/4″ thick plus one strip 5/64″ on the band saw.

I milled these down to 7/32 and 3/64 respectively in the thickness sander.  I then took one of the 7/32 strips and cut it down to three pieces 7-8″ long, each of these I then cut into strips that were 4/64″ thick (on the Byrnes table saw).  I then milled these down in the thickness sander to an even 3/64″.  From one of the 7/32 x24″ strips I was able to get 37 strips that 3/64′ X 7-8″, plus 10 pieces that were a little too thin in parts (but may still be usable).

If I mill down another 2 of the 7/32 x 24″ strips, I’ll still have a LOT of ebony left over, more than enough.  Ebony stinks when you cut it – somewhere between a beer belch and vomit.  But hey it kept the family out my workshop all night.  🙂


  1. Build looks great. I have to agree that a scraper was the only thing I found any use in fairing up the inside of the hull framing. I did wonder if if it would be possible to invent a scraper tool fashioned out of hooked turning gauge perhaps next time !
    Assuming the ebony is for the wales (what else) I found that I was in trouble when I got to the bow and stern when the planking has not only to bend but also to twist to conform to the lines. My ebony just did not want to do this, no matter how much I steamed or treated it. In the end I had to laminate a 20 thou. veneer onto a beech strip which I had steamed and formed to shape . I did not cut the veneer but bought it as such from a Luthiers suppliers
    regards. Eric.

    Comment by Eric — November 17, 2008 @ 6:40 am

  2. My spam filter accidentally caught this comment 🙂

    I need to update the site, I did manage to get the ebony to bend, but it is stiff stuff. It bends and twists grudgingly at best.

    Comment by admin — November 23, 2008 @ 7:10 pm

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