Cutting a 4″ Thick Zapatero Wood Slab for a Customer

The manager from the Windsor Plywood store in Calgary (South East) sent in these pictures. The store carpenter was making a custom cut to a slab of 4 inch thick Zapatero for a customer. The carpenter was using a Maktia 5402NA Circular Saw with a stock 16-5/16″, carbide tip, 32 tooth blade.

For more information about the wood, see the Zapatero description under the pictures.


Zapatero-slab-2Zapatero-slab-3Zapatero-slab-cutMakia-15-inch-circular-sawTaken from the World of Woods:
Canal Zapatero (Hieronima alchorneoides)Appearance: Heartwood is dark reddish brown. Sapwood is mild reddish brown. Medium but pronounced grain pattern, usually straight or interlocked. Moderate lustre. Overall rich and warm. Very consistent color and grain.Species Characteristics:Very hard and durable. Naturally resistant to decay, funguses and termite attack. Odourless and tasteless.Uses: High quality furniture, veneers, wall panelling and general carpentry and millwork. Well suited for indoor and outdoor use. Very hard and very suitable for solid or engineered flooring or decking.Work Properties: Canal Zapatero is easy to saw and work with hand tools, good to moderately good to plane, excellent for turning,  mortising, boring, moulding and sanding. Nailing is difficulty and pre drilling is recommended. It finishes very well. Two or three coats of sealer are recommended. Because of the woods natural beauty it is recommended to use a transparent finish. Hardness: Janka hardness – 1700. Excellent in high traffic areas.

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