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Posted on Interesting grain after turning, what is this?

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#1 posted 11-05-2012 09:07 PM

Not palm, the hardness is at the two opposite extremes between the dense black fibers and the soft material in between them. Palm is an absolute PITA to turn, I spent three full hours turning a black palm pen once and won’t do it again. It splinters like crazy even with the sharpest carbide tools, the fibers tear out, I had to turn it using mostly 80 grit sandpaper and take the time… The endgrain sure looks like palm but you’d have had a really hard time with it, which doesn’t seem to be the case.

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