OTHER COMMON NAMES:
Black Palm, Palmyra Palm, Asian Palmyra Palm, Toddy Palm, Sugar Palm, Cambodian Palm
Black Palm wood is a favorite for turned objects, as well as for use in boat building, furniture, and flooring.
South and Southeast Asia
Black Palm lumber sapwood tends to be significantly lighter than its surrounding heartwood.
Black Palm heartwood exhibits black fibers running through light tan or brown colorations.
Extremely straight grain with little or no defects, knots or growth rings.
Black Palm exhibits a medium-fine texture that is considered to be non-uniform.
Black Palm is highly resistant to decay but remains susceptible to insect infestation.
Black Palm is somewhat difficult to work, with its hard fibers showing significant blunting.
Again, the hard fibers of Black Palm cause some difficulty in cutting operations. The cleanest results come from very sharp tools and proper cutting angles.
In the absence of extremely sharp cutters, tearout can be a significant problem during planing operations.
While Black Palm is a favorite for turnery applications, sharp tools are required to minimize tearout and splintering.
Black Palm tends to be brittle, so care must be taken when drilling.