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Forum topic by UncleStumpy posted 04-29-2017 07:19 AM 1481 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-29-2017 07:19 AM

Topic tags/keywords: lathe turning banyan

Has anybody ever turned Banyan wood?

I found some on Ebay and it looks amazingly beautiful, all kinds of grain and colors.
The guy says it is easy to saw with a handsaw. I was wondering if it is too light and fragile to turn.

I know somebody will know. Thank you guys in advance.
Uncle Stumpy

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#1 posted 04-29-2017 10:18 AM

Have no experience with turning Banyan wood but hope video helps.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 04-29-2017 12:18 PM

Looking at the wood, I’d day it will turn okay. It looks to be tighter grain than pine and you can turn pine, so it should turn fine!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-29-2017 12:26 PM

Banyon wood was discovered by Benton Quest, father of the famous Jonny Quest. Dr. Quest being a nice guy named the tree after their able and handsome assistant, Race Banyon.

Just a little history…


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#4 posted 04-29-2017 04:18 PM

Just checking out your post. I have not ever heard of this wood. Hope it works out well and we get to see it shaped by your hands.

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#5 posted 04-29-2017 05:22 PM

Don’t know much about it but if it is that soft you may have to use some hardener to get a better finish at the end. I have used sanding sealer and let it soak and harden up as I approach the final touches on some spalted turning It helps with the spongy texture. I’d say go for it if it’s not too expensive Ray. What the heck.

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#6 posted 04-29-2017 06:28 PM

If it’s the same tree as the Banyan in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii, it’s pretty neat stuff.

This picture doesn’t do it justice. It’s BY FAR the largest tree I have ever seen or heard of. This one is a square city block. There’s another pretty large on in St Petersburg, FL, but not nearly the size.

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#7 posted 04-29-2017 10:20 PM

Hey Tim, I’m pretty sure the guy’s name was Race Bannon. I use to love that cartoon as a kid.

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#8 posted 04-29-2017 11:53 PM

Well, besides wise guy Tim, it sounds like nobody has tried it but all think I should go for it.
I will be the Guinea Pig!

With shipping, it should be about $20 for something like 8×8x4 so it won’t break the bank to give it a try.
The Banyan sure looks wild.

DoubleDD, doesn’t sound that soft – we’ll see.
Doc, I have heard of the tree but never anybody using it. I will post the finished product for sure.
Jim, never turned Pine either, I will give it a try too!
Tim, I was always a Speed Racer guy!!!
Wildwood, I’m going to watch the video now, thank you.

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#9 posted 04-30-2017 12:42 AM

I have actually seen that tree in Lahaina…it is huge. Hawaii has quite a few of the Banyan trees.

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#10 posted 04-30-2017 02:04 AM

How ya doin’ Bulrybob. You are correct. And so is Unclestumpy. I never do think spell check does me right. But in this case, neither of use knew what we were talking about…

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#11 posted 04-30-2017 07:42 PM

I’m sure whatever you do with it, is gonna be mighty fine. From the video, and what Jim said, looks like it’ll do just fine on a lathe.

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