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#1 posted 07-14-2019 05:33 PM

I have had great success with this approach turning green wood: anytime Im not going to be cutting the blank for more than 5 minutes, I put a plastic trash bag over it or, if it needs to come off the lathe because I need to turn something else, I put it in a plastic trash bag. The need is to stop, not slow, water evaporation, so wwhatever method you come up with to do that. Sometimes that blank may spend a couple of weeks bagged, and it might get some mold, which gets cut off anyway.

After the rough turning it goes into a thick kraft paper bag or wrapped with same, with chips, for drying. The bagged item is weighed, recorded on the bag, checked after a month, then every so often till the weight doesnt change. After you do this a while you get a good feel for how long something will take based on the moisture loss over the 1st month.

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