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Forum topic by J123 posted 04-26-2020 01:22 PM 253 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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J123

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04-26-2020 01:22 PM

Topic tags/keywords: green walnut spoon bowl

I have some green walnut which I split up and let season and now I’m using some of it to make spoons. They look beautiful but I cannot get rid of that walnut smell, especially if they are warmed up. Anyone know any tricks?


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#1 posted 04-26-2020 02:06 PM

I would try heating one repeatedly in the microwave. My assumption is that the smell is from volatile oils in the wood and heating them should speed up their release. I use a microwave to dry green rough turned bowls and you can definitely smell gases being release from some types of wood after each heating cycle. You have to take it low and slow to avoid burning them. You want it to just slightly be warm to the touch after each cycle. I would probably start on power setting 2 or 3 for 10-15 seconds, see how warm it is and adjust the time and power setting if needed. Let it cool and repeat. You may want to weigh them before and after each heating cycle on a kitchen scale. Once they stop losing weight, you probably won’t get much more release and you increase the risk of scorching them.

If you have added a finish or mineral oil already, I am not sure I would try this.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 04-26-2020 02:16 PM

This is what I was hoping to get. Something from a green turner. Thank you! What I’ve been doing so far is putting them in the oven on the warm setting for about 20 min. Sounds like they just need more cycles?

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#3 posted 04-26-2020 02:34 PM

The oven will work too. On ours, if you just turn on the light with the door closed, it gets over 120° and you could just leave the spoon sitting in there overnight. Just hang a sign on the door so someone doesn’t forget its in there and preheat the oven without removing the spoon (voice of experience).

If this is something you need to do often, another thing you can try is to make a simple drying box. I have not done this but I saw an episode of A Craftsman’s Legacy with a Windsor chair maker and that is how he dried his wood after riving it from green logs. Get some foil backed foam insulation and duct tape sections of it into a box (foil inward). Install a bulb socket and you need an incandescent or halogen bulb or one of the small heat lamp bulbs for people who keep reptiles as pets. You may want a rheostat to adjust the temperature. Some holes in the top and bottom will create a convection so that the moisture leaves the box. A thermometer will help you monitor the temperature.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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