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#1 posted 12-11-2018 08:46 PM

More questions than answers, especially when you say wood stored in a shed for 10 years. There is a little science, but not rocket science involve in drying wood. Controlling the drying process is key. Uncontrolled drying leads to defects as seen in first 3 picture OP posted.

Chapters 4 & 13 of the Wood Handbook already links will give you the basics of drying wood. Art & luck come into play based upon your location, and experience harvesting different species of wood at different times of the year, end sealing, proper storing & protecting from the elements. Even with art, luck, and bit of sciences there are no guarantees!

Yes based upon where you live, average annual relative humidity, affect wood gaining or losing moisture content. Hopefully if skim thru the Handbook will come to understand a process that will work for you.

Based upon where I live plastic bags only used if leaving something on the lathe temporarily. Paper bags or cardboard box only used for temporary storage of roughed blanks, if stored with chip don’t like to leave them in a bag or cardboard box due to staining or mold growth. Lot of times just put rough blanks on floor at back of my shop. I never reseal roughed blanks with Anchor Sealer or other coating, other turners say it’s mandatory.

Homemade klin just little insurance and does improve your success rate with green wood roughed turned, may not work on wood been in storage for ten years with drying defects!

-- Bill

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