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Ash bowls dried in a micro-wave before finishing.

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Project by murch posted 05-05-2012 11:03 AM 1166 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are turned from a tree branch I picked up at a friends. They are 5in and 6in o/d approx. I turned them to 1/4 in wall and dried them in the micro-wave.
They were “cooked” for 20sec’s, left to cool, and put back in again.
This was done 5 times and I left them to stand for a week.
The drying shrunk them a bit but left them stable.
I put them back on the chuck and turned them to a finish.
They were sanded and waxed twice.

Rgds,
Murch.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.





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Martyroc

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 01:20 PM

Beautiful looking bowls, I honesty never heard of putting them in the microwave,neat idea.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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ldl

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 08:48 PM

Did this leave a smell in the microwave? I have heard some say it does but it may be the diff woods don’t know as I have been scared to use the wife’s MW to try.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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murch

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 09:03 PM

Dewayne – she was out shopping at the time!
Only joking. No bad smell. I think the trick is not to burn them. 20sec’s per go is enough.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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peteg

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#4 posted 05-05-2012 10:02 PM

Nice job Murch, it’s always nice to try different methods, I was always told that the trick with thr micro wave is to use the Defrost function in 30 sec bursts with a similar break between that way you can’t realy over cook the timber.
Well done :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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thedude50

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#5 posted 05-06-2012 11:12 AM

I bought a cheepie 99 dollar microwave to do this in the shop It works well i am glad you said 20 seconds as i have been doing 30 seconds on medium high is that the same setting your using i would just as soon watch one crack in the microwave as in the box of shavings i keep most of my rough outs in Edit I forgot to say I love the bowls

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murch

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 11:14 AM

Dude – I was using the high setting.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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ldl

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#7 posted 05-07-2012 05:43 PM

What is the wattage of the MW you guys are using? I have a small $99 one I used to use at werk that I am going to get up from the basement and try.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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thedude50

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#8 posted 05-08-2012 12:54 AM

I was told and have had more success on medium heat so i will stick with that

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murch

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#9 posted 05-08-2012 02:42 PM

Dewayne – the one we have is an 850 watt.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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