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This is the first natural edge bowl I have attempted to turn. It is turned green wood, also a first for me. It is apple wood. I have it stored in shavings while it dries.
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#1 posted 04-20-2014 03:39 AM
looks good.. re-post it when dries and finished.
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#2 posted 04-20-2014 12:18 PM
I have not tried a natural edge project yet, but I plan to give it a go eventually. I hope my first attempt turns out this well.
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#3 posted 04-20-2014 12:20 PM
looks good, I like the way Apple distorts as it drys.
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#4 posted 04-21-2014 12:15 AM
I just turned my first live edge too. Out of curiosity, how do you determine if the wood is still green? I used a piece that was sitting in my shedd for at least 5 years.
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#5 posted 04-21-2014 03:00 AM
The wood I used was cut down last week. It is really green, but green wood is really wet.
#6 posted 04-23-2014 02:06 PM
I have been able to keep this one from distorting so far. I am doing a little experiment. I made two of these bowls. One I am letting dry naturally the other I am keeping in wood shavings. The natural one has already warped and cracked after a week. It is even oval now instead of round.
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#7 posted 04-23-2014 02:59 PM
Turning green wood can be a total love hate relationship until you’ve got a few pieces under your belt. From the looks of it, you’ve done at least one thing right and that is to leave be piece thicker with a consistent wall thickness so that you can true it up after it’s dried. No matter how you dry the wood, it will move at least a little.
I’ve had really good success with using denatured alcohol to dry my pieces. There are several people across the web that have written about this subject. My post be up on Friday so you can check it out then if you’d like.
When I started turning, I used the same method of bagging the bowl with a handful of shavings. This works ok with kiln dried lumber but not so well with wet wood. KD lumber does still have moisture in it, and though it may be scarce, the shavings in the inside of the bowl do help the bowl to season without warping as much as it may without that barrier. However, with green wood you are asking for mold if you put wet shavings inside that bag and bowl. You can do this without the piece molding, but you have to change the bag (if plastic turn it inside out every few days) and replace the wet shavings with dryer shavings also.
Sorry, not trying to hijack your thread. Your rough turned piece looks quite nice and it’s great to hear that you’re experimenting with different drying methods. Best of luck and I hope the info helps.
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#8 posted 04-23-2014 03:05 PM
the answer to your question is, it depends. How thick is the piece? A moisture meter is a great way to find out. These can be had rather affordably from a number of places. Most likely if it’s been 5 years, even for a piece about 6” thick, it’s going to be dry enough to not worry about special efforts for drying your piece. You could probably turn the bowl complete in one session without drying problems.
However, if you had a log that was sitting outside for 5 years (and it hadn’t rotted) you’re still going to need to pay some amount of attention to it while it’s drying because there is a big difference in relative humidity from sitting outside to sitting in your shed or garage.
Hope that help!
#9 posted 04-23-2014 03:45 PM
Thanks for the comments and tips Mike. I appreciate it.
#10 posted 05-03-2014 01:30 AM
Well, so far the bowl has warped a little and more concerning is the tenon on the bottom has cracked across from one side to the other. I hope the crack does not continue into bowl.
#11 posted 05-03-2014 01:45 AM
One option is fill the crack with CA glue and keep your fingers crossed. If the tennon does continue to crack and spread into the remainder of the bowl you should probably just let it go.
Another option would be to use polyurethane glue which will take impact and expansion better than CA glue and actually requires you to add moisture to the pieces to properly cure. Also, I don’t think your in a huge hurry to get the piece back on the lathe since it’s not dry yet.
Best of luck!
#12 posted 05-03-2014 01:51 AM
Well, if I lose it, no great loss. It was just a learning experimentation. It was my first green turn and I will keep learning.
#13 posted 05-03-2014 01:52 AM
That is the right attitude to take with green turnings! Some times they live and sometimes they go to the burn pile.
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