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#1 posted 12-11-2018 09:48 PM

Rink, I think there might be some confusion here. For the 10 yr old wood you got, you dont need to do anything before you turn it. When you turn it, you are opening up areas down in the blank that are still wet. Some folks turn to size and want the warping created by drying in the finished piece. Im making the assumption you dont, and in that case rough turn the item to about +10% wall thickness, dry it, remount and turn round – finish turn. Same process for new green wood. I have wood thats years old that is still wet 2-3 inches down.

While rough turning an item, cover it up with a plastic bag if it is going to sit more than 5-10 min, which could end up being all day. It appears your urn was turned some and left out in open air for a while and cracked, or did it crack while actually turning it?

As for not sealing wet cut blanks Wildwood’s experience is different from mine – if I dont seal end grain or put in a plastic bage they start cracking, sometimes within a day or 2. Not all will, but enough do that I dont trust it.

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