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Forum topic by WoodcarvrMtE posted 05-23-2022 07:31 PM 392 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-23-2022 07:31 PM

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Hello all! I rid for the first time to turn black palm wood to make an ornament… I’ve attached a photo, though I’m not sure if it’ll come through or not…. no matter how fast the rpm or sharp the tool, it’ll airways splinter and shatter as is its rotten? Is this normal? How should I remedy the situation? Thanks in advance! : )

P.S. I’m not sure if this type of link will actually work or not… I figured I’d give it a try anyway…


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#1 posted 05-23-2022 07:54 PM

i tried it once and that was enough.just like you said.

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#2 posted 05-23-2022 08:07 PM

I think you’re having this problem because this is a very fibrous type of wood. The only thing that I could think of would be to impregnate the wood with CA glue. That might help, might not. Best O’ luck.

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#3 posted 05-23-2022 08:21 PM

You could try cactus juice to harden the wood.

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#4 posted 05-23-2022 08:40 PM

I had a similar experience and just ended up turning it with sandpaper and made some bottle stoppers with it.

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#5 posted 05-23-2022 09:45 PM

some time ago was at a friends shop out in sin city, and he had as mentioned above stablized the stuff, still heard words i’d never heard on more than one occasion, well he is Romanian, hahaha. he finally decided it wasn’t worth it.
so we drank warm beer, ugh, instead.
rj in az

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#6 posted 05-24-2022 03:53 PM

I’ve heard that some use Minwax Wood hardener to make it easier to turn. You may not want to use that for a salad bowl for example, though.?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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