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Forum topic by Avi posted 03-04-2018 01:48 PM 1088 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2018 01:48 PM

I know this is a common topic, but even after reading a lot and watching vids, still not sure what to do.

First time I ever got tree wood, from an avocado grove that an acquaintance has, and that underwent serious pruning. Most of the wood was garbage (at least to my beginner turner eyes), but I found some nice pieces.

I already coated the top and bottom with white glue (all I had lying around).

Should I remove the bark?
Should I cut them into smaller pieces now already? I.e. a slice down each side of center? Got a pal with a chain saw.
How long will this type of wood take to dry?
Can I store them in an outside shed, that will get very hot inside, in the soon to come spring and summer months?


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#1 posted 03-04-2018 01:58 PM

If you leave it on the log, even with the glue, it will crack eventually. And it will take years to dry.

I’d cut out some shapes that you would like to put on the lathe, turn them about 50-60% of the way green, and allow that to dry. Putting them in paper sacks slows down the process, and helps with cracking. There are other methods, probably better.

Clarification, I know absolutely nothing about avocado wood. I would expect it to be like peach, apple or other fruit woods.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#2 posted 03-04-2018 03:57 PM

Have you tried turning into GUACAMOLE?

Sort of like turning Lumber into MDF?

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#3 posted 03-04-2018 03:59 PM

If you can keep them out of the sun and rain, with the ends sealed they will be ok for a year or more. Might get a little end checking. If not, cut up now and seal the blanks. I cut up a few logs at a time, maybe 6-10 blanks, and put them in a plastic trash bag in the shop to stop evaporation. Some stay in there for several months. They can get a little mold which gets cut off. Rough turn to 10% dia wall thickness, put in heavy brown craft paper with wet chips, and store in the house, climate controlled. I weigh each piece after wrapping, and occassionally with time. When the weight stops changing the blank is dry. Depending on size and how wet, it can take one or many months to dry. You can also turn thin green and let it warp. I like sanding and finishing on the lathe, so I dont have experience with the method.

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#4 posted 03-04-2018 08:41 PM

How long that wood takes to dry or reach EMC depends upon you average annual temps & humidity, plus thickness and length. Could be couple to six months to reach EMC. Outside shed is fine if protected from weather and direct sunlight for storing wood. Word of caution already mentioned about spitting & cracking with most fruit woods, but we never really know until have experience with particular species. Fruit wood famous for doing that during turning or storing.

Right now don’t really want much heat just need air circulation for MC to evaporate from the wood! Heat can be a blessing or a curse; heat enables wood to dry to fast after freshly cut.

Good luck with it.

-- Bill

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#5 posted 03-05-2018 04:05 AM

I’m in the same boat as a friend of mine has a small avo orchard in SoCal and has been giving me pieces for about a year. It sat out in the weather for a few months on the ground then I threw it on the floor in the shop. In slabbing it out I just put the cracks in the BBQ. The rest of it has gone into cutting boards and kitchen utensils. Only turned a couple of small diameter pieces.
Best of luck.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#6 posted 03-05-2018 02:06 PM

Thx guys. I live in HOT climate with zero rain from about April. I think I will indeed smallerize them, then put into the shed. No room in my tuny workshop anyway. Hope it works out.

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