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12-14-2019 03:39 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bocote moisture pepper mill turning

I bought a 3×3 x 12 piece of bocote at woodcraft…40% off sale reached out to my inate cheapness. It was a fully waxed turning blank i bought to make a peopermill out of. After roughing it to round it felt wet. Sure was! Meter showed wood under the freshly turned sides moisture was between 28 and 34%. Anything special about bocote that this wouldnt be waaay to wet to turn? Is this prettly common to find a wax coated turning block from a store would be way too wet to turn anytime soon ? Im new to the buying waxed blanks

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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#1 posted 12-14-2019 03:48 PM

Abter you probably should turn it green it will take a very long time to dry whole. Maybe even 10 years long.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 12-14-2019 03:56 PM

Yeah, that is a common way to sell turning blanks. You’ll probably be ok to use it once you hollow out the inside it isn’t likely to check.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 12-14-2019 04:31 PM

Thanks. Makes good sense. I will go ahead and drill out the base. The woodcraft kit leaves a solid top. I think i will hollow it some to improve the top drying also

-- "Many men fish all their lives without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after." {often mis-quoted as by H.D. Thoreau}

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#4 posted 12-14-2019 05:00 PM

Most retail turning blanks, and most any turning blanks, over pen blank size, are going to be at least somewhat wet. Even a 2×2 blank could a couple of years to dry out. Since its end grain/spindle it wont move much. With something that wet I would core it and rough turn then let it sit for at least a couple weeks, longer is better, wrapped in kraft paper. You could also microwave dry it. Dont want to turn and finish something that wet – finishes dont play well with water.

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#5 posted 12-14-2019 05:36 PM

You may also want to look into microwave drying the partially turned blank; particularly if you are in a hurry to finish it for Xmas. I would rough turn it and hollow it out then use the paper bag-microwave method of “steam” kiln drying it. There are numerous videos on how to do it. I have used this method with good success and one thing I do is watch for any small cracks that may form as I go through the multiple heating steps in the microwave. I treat them with medium thick CA glue and that usually stops them from getting bigger. I’m glad to give more specifics on the process if you need them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 12-14-2019 08:01 PM

Think would be better off scraping wax off sides of your blank and let it hang out for week ,two or three before turning. Definitely leave ends of blank sealed with wax! You want that MC to come down below 20%.
Goal here is let wood reach EMC before turning!

Nice to know info on bocote:

-- Bill

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