Sawing Palm Trees

Palm wood is probably more trouble than it's worth. July 13, 2006

Does anyone have any experience using palm trees for lumber?

Forum Responses
(Sawing and Drying Forum)
From contributor T:
Yes, I have sawed cabbage palm (sabel). Only if someone came to me with a whole lot of money would I do it again. A band blade on my mill was dull after two boards in a 12 foot log. It's like cutting sandstone. If the guy got them dried, and if they stiffened up, they would make fine surfaces. It can be pretty stuff. I don't want any more of it.

From Professor Gene Wengert, forum technical advisor:
The density can vary a great deal from bark to core, so not all the stem makes good lumber. Palm is seldom sawn for this reason.