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#1 posted 12-11-2018 05:50 PM

The key to drying rough turned pieces is limiting the evaporation rate – its science, not art. Heating the ambient the wood is in can work, but the humidity level must be controlled as well in order to limit the evap rate, just like a kiln. Unless one is going into volume production its not worth the development time and cost. Wrapping in heavy kraft paper with chips and placing in an ambient environment of fairly constant temp and humidity has worked very well for me. Weigh the wrapped item, put it away, weigh it periodically (weekly), when it stops reducing weight it is ready. I find 2 weeks to 3 months time, depending in shape, thickness, beginning moisture, storage environment – many variables. Weight change takes out the guess work.

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