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shopnut
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Palm wood - uses?

I have a 20 ft, 1.5 ft diameter palm tree that needs to be taken down.  Is palm tree wood good for any projects?

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Re: Palm wood - uses?

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Palm is reallly interesting stuff.    Botanically, it's not a tree. It's a grass, and if memory serves it's also a distant cousin of the orchid family.     Point is: it doesn't have wood like we're used to seeing wood.  

 

Here's a shot of some things that I turned from black palm.   When split open it has a sort of a resinous binder material with what look to be straws embedded in it.   

 

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At the lathe I've found that it requires brutally sharp cutters or I'd get a lot of tearout.   I have never tried using a large enough chunk of it for regular ol' woodworking.

 

FWIW.

 

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Matt Seiler
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shopnut
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Re: Palm wood - uses?

Wow, really beautiful stuff! Thank you

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Re: Palm wood - uses?

I'd be curious what the drying schedule is for palm.   I've got to think that it's got a whole 'nother set of considerations for shedding moisture than traditional wood does.

 

Maybe something to look into, John.   If you find out, share it with us.  Now I'm curious.

 

ALSO:  I almost always see palm turning blanks covered in wax.   I don't know exactly what that means, but I'll bet that it does actually mean something in terms of moisture.    So there's a story in there somewhere that I know I'm missing.

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Matt Seiler
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