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Shawn Masterson

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06-18-2013 05:25 PM

So I’ve been in Vegas for my 10 year anniversary for 2 days. As we wander around every palm tree I see I wonder what it would look like turning in the lathe. Then I wonder what airport security would say if I tried getting on the plane with a 4’ palm log on my shoulder. Is this just wrong? Having fun but I miss my shop.

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#1 posted 06-18-2013 05:36 PM

I got a chance to see palm logs up close, when vacationing at San Diego.
The cross-section of trunk looks like a bundle of straws, very porous and open. I can’t account for all species though. I just didn’t think it would be worth putting up on the lathe.

Interesting question!

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 05:48 PM

I can tell you this much about Palm.
I worked for Vermeer Tractor for a while, and one of their more successful products is tree chippers. They have a big selection, and one of their prime customers is cities in the South that can support Palm trees, since the fromes and old leaves have to be chipped up, and Vermeer has a proprietary blade that can stand the wood.

It is so tough that the city of Phoenix, after going through multiple tree chippers, came to Vermeer with palm fromes and wood and said give it a try. Vermeer did get the contract, but to this day, as far as I know, the city has to order new sets of blades from Vermeer every year for replacement due to the terrible wear palm wood puts on the chipper blades.
I can only imagine what it would do to a lathe tool.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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