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pottz

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03-30-2021 04:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question lathe turning drying

this is a question basically for you turners,something ive really started to get into.i was turning a chunk of claro walnut and it was very wet around 38% and was thinking about the beast way to dry the wood without waiting weeks or months.i know some put it into a mocrowave but i was thinking i have a food dehydrator we never use that works at low temps.i turned the bowl about 80% of the way so far.have any of you ever tried this method and how well did it work?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.


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#1 posted 03-30-2021 04:39 PM

I don’t see any reason it wouldn’t work pottz. It’s basically a small kiln, right? Can’t hurt to put a test piece in and see how it goes :-)

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#2 posted 03-30-2021 04:41 PM

I have heard of this, but never tried it. Tom Ackley (ackswoodpaste on YouTube) was using one in a video a few months back … looked like it worked pretty good for him.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 03-30-2021 04:53 PM

Haven’t tried that method but I have used the microwave many times. I use the paper bag method which acts like a steam kiln equalizing the moisture at is comes out and reducing the stress between the inner wood and the surface. I think the microwave would use less electricity too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-30-2021 05:06 PM

I would set it on a timer and run it for a few hours at a time. I wouldnt want it to dry too quickly and split.
I have a bunch of these for drying brass after wet cleaning it. they work on air circulation so you may have to rotate the project frequently as the air flow would be hindered by large objects. If it has a setting I would also start with the lowest.

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#5 posted 03-30-2021 05:09 PM

Not sure about Walnut, but some Alder or Hickory works great with some sliced apples?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-30-2021 05:15 PM

ok this is what i wanted too hear.i think im gonna try it,as said the lowest setting and see what happens,it just made sense too me.the micro idea seemed like it would dry too fast and cause checking.andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 03-30-2021 05:21 PM

andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?
Trying to be P.C. I heard everyone in California were Vegans? :)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 03-30-2021 05:24 PM



.andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?

- pottz

No, for beef jerky you want the higher setting, like 155-185, for fruit and veggies you use the lower setting
Like 135. You can also close your oven and leave the oven light on, depending on bulb wattage this can get the oven like 110-130 degrees

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#9 posted 03-30-2021 05:25 PM

I’ve got a couple dehydrators, and they certainly would not hold anything very big. You can get the same effect if you have a convection oven, since it’s the air movement that speeds up the process.

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#10 posted 03-30-2021 05:33 PM


andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?
Trying to be P.C. I heard everyone in California were Vegans? :)

- Andre


not this guy it’s all about the beef.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 03-30-2021 05:34 PM


.andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?

- pottz

No, for beef jerky you want the higher setting, like 155-185, for fruit and veggies you use the lower setting
Like 135. You can also close your oven and leave the oven light on, depending on bulb wattage this can get the oven like 110-130 degrees

- SMP


not anymore everything has gone led.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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pottz

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#12 posted 03-30-2021 05:38 PM



I ve got a couple dehydrators, and they certainly would not hold anything very big. You can get the same effect if you have a convection oven, since it s the air movement that speeds up the process.

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


the one i have is about 12” tall has several racks which i would just get rid of.just need something big enough for a bowl. ill need to get it out and check it out,we havn’t used it in a couple years so my memory may be a little off.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 03-30-2021 06:10 PM


.andre i think the walnut will work just fine with beef jerky?

- pottz

No, for beef jerky you want the higher setting, like 155-185, for fruit and veggies you use the lower setting
Like 135. You can also close your oven and leave the oven light on, depending on bulb wattage this can get the oven like 110-130 degrees

- SMP

not anymore everything has gone led.

- pottz

Mines like 10 years old so i still have a real bulb.

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#14 posted 03-30-2021 07:18 PM

I have a dehydrator that gets lots of use from drying finishes to speeding up epoxy cure times and drying small project lumber.

Large capacity, shelves, 95-140 degrees, timer for up to 24 hours.

I have cut 1/2” thick slabs of wood from waxed “bowl blanks” for use in projects since some great grain can be cheaply had. The wood is at best only semi-dry so I “cook” the slices at about 120 for a day or until the weight quits dropping.

Very handy shop device and dirt cheap at thrift shops since the dried fruit craze faded away in the 80’s 8^)

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#15 posted 03-30-2021 07:34 PM

Dehydrator, now there is a tool I don’t own. Let me/us know how it works.

-- Petey

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