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Posted on ***EVERYONE*** The BEST way to dry or speed up the drying process of GREEN WOOD bowls/projects?!?!?

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#1 posted 01-03-2015 09:05 PM

Physics work despite wishful thinking. When I started turning wood, I turned all kinds. Rainbow poplar, maple, camphor….you name it. There is only one piece of useful advise I can give…use kiln dried wood.

I know turning wet is safer and easier, but lets face it, as the wood dries the grain is going to pull in.

However if you must turn wet, boil the bowl for about 20 minutes in a large pot, then let it cool slowly. This won’t completely dry it out, but it will get you 70% there.

You can also microwave it for a couple minutes and let it dry in the microwave oven, this takes about 2-6 tries before it’s completely dry and rarely comes out perfect.

Wet wood cannot hold it’s shape as it dries, there will be some minor distortion so I recommend using kiln dried wood and carbide lathe tools. If you use M2 metal on your chisels they will need to be sharpened every 10 minutes or so. Go slow and finish off with a good carbide chisel.

This is my favorite bowl, turned from spalted maple which was very dry to begin with.
Came out better than any piece I’ve turned wet.

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