Black Palm Sphere

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Project by Matthew Eye posted 11-09-2014 05:19 AM 1660 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Short description: Needed a handle for the infeed bed on jointer… made this.




Long description: I really like the grain of Black Palm (who doesn’t?). Anyway I got this small block of wood as a cut off from a friend years ago, and cherished it until I knew what to do with it. I used my other friend’s lathe, who doesn’t have an LJ account, to turn the mostly round shape as seen in the photos. Since I don’t own a lathe, I don’t do much turning…. turning this black palm was like turning a bundle of needles. I got it pretty round with tooling, keeping them sharp always helps, then sanded for a good while. Drilled a blind hole and epoxied on to the rod. I would do it again.

Wood: Black Palm
Finish: none
Dimensions: 1.75”

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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#1 posted 11-09-2014 01:07 PM

Very snazzy handle!! I like it…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 01:57 AM

Nice knob! I’ve a turning blank of black palm that I bought for the grain (agreed, nice!) but I’ll be using steel gauntlets to handle it when I get to working on it. Even with hands accustomed to working as a mechanic for decades, this stuff still manages to stab me with splinters. It’s like the big bother of Ipe, in that regard.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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