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Has anyone come across any methods (if there are any) to saturate dry wood with a liquid to make it easy to turn as green wood? This Wood Juice from Woodcraft seems to do just that while minimizing risks of checking, but it's kinda pricey. Is there a homemade formula of the juice or any other method to do that?

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I would say no, at least not without potentially dangerous chemicals. Once the wood drops below the fiber saturation point,(usually about 30% moisture content) there is no going back. You can't un-shrink the wood and re-saturate the wood fibers.

I've tried Wood Juice and Pentracryl to stabilize burl wood. The results were very poor. A lot of shrinkage and distortion during drying. If you are using dry wood(less than 10% MC), you should not have to worry about cracking. Wood Juice and Pentracryl are meant to displace water in the wood. In my opinion, they do a very poor job of doing that compared to something like PEG.

Most people want dry wood. Sure green wood is easier to turn but then you have add another bunch of drying issues to deal with. I prefer to be able to start and finish a turning in a day.
 

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I think about how they create pressure treated lumber. They are, effectively, saturating the wood with a liquid. Maybe something like that, with a different liquid, is possible but I it would be much more difficult with hardwoods and I suspect it would be cost prohibitive.
 

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If the wood is already dry and stabilized, why not turn it as is? Should turn well with sharp tools. Then get a finish on it ASAP. By rewetting the wood fibers and then turning and redrying, the wood wil distort and check as it dries.
 

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From how these articles read it seems as if your quest is unattainable; PEG and the Wood Juice products seem to stabilize the wood but neither really state they return it to a green-like state. Certainly you could wet it to the point of saturation, but I don't know if that would be what you are looking for. I'm no turner, I don't know, just tossing in my observation. Curious as to what the rest of you have to say about this.
 
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