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post #1 of 4 Old 10-03-2008, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help On Drying Red Palm Tree Please

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My name is will & i'm from Australia. The question is i have cut a Palm tree so i can make a bowl. Now i have spoken to some people & they say they don't use this timber as it has oil in it red palm oil & its very hard to dry... It is such a pretty timber fluro orange with red dots on it so so nice. I really would love to make a bowl out of it & hopefully it would keep its color? Do you now if it would? Also i want to have a semi gloss on it but what would one use as it has to be pretty durable as i will be washing it & stuff. What are the differences between Oil applications & Lacquer? Are there any other methods? Sorry for sounding really stupid i have always used Lacquer in my life "Very short life" but want to explore other stuff that might even suite my application better than Lacquer? I want to make several bowls so i would require something that is very Durable as i will be washing these bowls constantly so i really don't want anything to waer out or have the timber get wet again... This is a great website very informative really nice & some crazy pictures of peoples work always nice to see people that share the same interests so thanks.
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Hi All,.... This is a great website very informative really nice & some crazy pictures of peoples work always nice to see people that share the same interests so thanks.
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Will
Well Williamvas, Let me be the first to say welcome to the forum. You are right about this being a great website. It is a little addictive though.

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Welcome Will. Glad to have someone from down under.

A red palm must be something unique to your area, or at least I am not familiar with them here in Florida. As for how to dry I do not have a clue. I have never known anyone to work with wood from a palm tree. The palm trees with which I am familiar have a very soft and large fiber appearance. I just do not know what you would do with them.

Hopefully somebody on here knows more than I do. (That is something very easy to do.)

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Hey George

Thanks for your email, much appreciate it. Haven't found anybody that can assist. Just a question in regards to drying any timber if you use a plastic bag method what would one use to protect the end grain from cracking. Wax??? Glue????
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