Anyone ever turn black palm?

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Forum topic by deucefour posted 02-06-2011 12:55 AM 2207 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2011 12:55 AM

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I just attempted my first bowl and have not done much turning other than pens and a vase. this was going to be a small black palm bowl, HOWEVER, i could not keep this stuff from blowing apart every time I caught an edge. why is it i choose the most difficult woods to work with…...cuz they are beautiful i guess…......anyone had success turning this wood?


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#1 posted 02-06-2011 05:58 AM

No but I have held it once. JK. You are going to have to stabilize it it somehow. I would look at a vacuum method.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 02-07-2011 11:16 PM

I just used some black palm for decorative accents on a few candles holders but havent turned it. But from what i hear its really stringy, the black part of the wood tends to be super harrd and the tan stuff super soft. Ive seen some pictures of it turned and it looks great. Every time i touch the stufff i get slivers.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 02-08-2011 03:56 AM

Chris hit it right on the head. Differing densities make this a very hard wood to turn. Due to the stringiness of the fibers, it is essential to have sharp tools. After turning it is best to have a good sealant for the finish (poly?). Best of luck.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#4 posted 02-08-2011 03:18 PM

Yea it was beautuful wood for sure as it whizzed by me a 200 mph! :) Thanks for your advice guys, I rekon I’ll try to work this wood a different way!


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#5 posted 02-08-2011 04:05 PM

From what I read it’s not wood in the traditional sense, more like a grass.

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