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01-08-2015 05:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: red palm palm

I just got a small board of red palm. I’ve never worked with it before and my understanding is that it isn’t like a “normal” wood. I did a cursory search of this site and the web and could find very little information on working with it.

Anyone care to share their experiences with this stuff? How does it plane, sand, glue, take finish, etc?


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#1 posted 01-09-2015 05:29 AM

I’m going to bump this once since it got no replies.

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#3 posted 01-13-2015 03:41 PM

Nick, Ive got a 1”x3”x4’ piece of Black Palm and some smaller pieces (pen sized blanks). I musta lucked out on the big piece cause it’s heavy dense and black as any wood I’ve seen. I’ve played around with Red Palm and it’s stringier, lighter and not as solid as the Black. Haven’t finish coated any yet. It may be that the Red is from inferior stock or it may be the nature of the beast to be stringy. I think that there are over a hundred different kinds of palms that “wood” is harvested- I’m sure some are easier t work. I’ve found the less dense one’s harder to work. You need a sharp blade for planing and the silica in the fibers eat the blade so you need to sharpen often. No problems with card scrapers or glue ups ( titebond ll or lll is best)....Gotta go but I’ll check in and see if you had more replies….....Wes

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