I have done my share of veneer work, using both commercial veneers and veneer I cut myself on the bandsaw. I also do a lot of turning, mostly from green wood. Until now these two pleasures have remained disparate, but this past month, those pleasures collided.
It all started after I scored some logs of Claro Walnut. There was one particular piece of crotch that I could not figure out what to do with, so I left it in the shape of a block. About a day later, while looking at the photo below, I realized that these pieces would make for a fabulous 4-way bookmatched (round or elliptical) table top.
But this brings be to my question: Do I slice it up into veneers while it is green? or wait for it to dry?
Slicing it up while it is green has huge advantages: 1) It will dry much faster, and I will be able to use it sooner. At about 4 inches think right now, it will take years to cure. 2) less cracking and spitting, and perhaps none at all. 3) Much easier to cut when it is green. There is just one huge problem to overcome: warping as it dries.
Does anyone have any experience that they can share on slicing and drying green veneers?
-- Brian Havens, Woodworker http://brianhavens.com