drying green with shavings

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodturning forum

Forum topic by Karda posted 06-09-2017 05:36 PM 666 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Karda's profile


2277 posts in 1326 days

06-09-2017 05:36 PM

I have heard about drying green wood with shavings but have not ben able to find specifics. Do you need to keep them moit or will dry work. Also can you use saw dust, some tome my shaving are more dust. thanks Mike

4 replies so far

View Wildwood's profile


2864 posts in 2907 days

#1 posted 06-09-2017 06:59 PM

Idea behind adding wet shavings top & bottom to rough turned bowl blanks in a paper bag is to slow down the drying process a little. Depending upon where a turner lives (arid climate) they may use plastic bags with shavings.

At some point want to lose those shavings to prevent mold growth. Some people just use paper/plastic bags but omit shavings. No point in putting in saw dust or dry shavins in a bag. Living on the east coast only time use plastic when working on lathe with wet wood and have to leave for short peirod or overnight.

I never use shavings for spindle blanks.

-- Bill

View Karda's profile


2277 posts in 1326 days

#2 posted 06-09-2017 09:18 PM

ok mthanks

View LeeMills's profile


702 posts in 2073 days

#3 posted 06-10-2017 04:22 PM

I just seal the exterior end grain with anchorseal and then into a paper grocery bag. I check moisture content with a meter so I fold over the top and tape shut. No shavings in bag.
I agree with Bill, I would not use a plastic bag except for a very short time (like overnight).
One additional thing I try to do; since my shop is not climate controlled I try to remember to bring the item into the house a couple of weeks in advance of final turning. Normally a home does not have as much moisture and it allows the item to acclimate better. I don’t know it that matters or not.

-- We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them. Albert Einstein

View Karda's profile


2277 posts in 1326 days

#4 posted 06-10-2017 04:30 PM

thanks Lee sealing end grain seems to be the most popular method, just checking all bases. Robohippy uses saran but he turns the bowl to finished size then puts saran over the edge only to seal end grain says they dry i 10 days. Might try that to see what happens. I store my wood under the house or in my cellar. I have forced air so winter is heated by pipes but is still cold down there. guess I skip the shaving, to messy any way Thanks mike

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics