Wet wood that was bought with a wax seal.

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Project by thevees posted 12-29-2013 12:07 PM 1060 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I didn’t let it dry enough. I just thought it was dry when it came totally sealed in wax. They fooled me.

-- Tony, Oakdale, NY,

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#1 posted 12-29-2013 12:53 PM

they seal wood in wax to keep it from drying out & cracking..when you buy it, you must let it season slowly, then turn it

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#2 posted 12-29-2013 12:54 PM

It’s still a fine looking bowl. Hope the split doesn’t get any bigger.

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

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 01:39 PM

If it does get a little bigger you could add a dovetail splice to stop the split or at least minimize it.

-- Vince

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 01:53 PM

Good looking bowl. I turn wet wood all the time and there are 2 ways most people do it. First is rough turn it then let it dry for a couple of months then go back to it. Second is what I do which is turn to finish but this means turning thin most I turn down to 1/8”. Sand them out and let them dry for a day or two. They might warp some but most are fine.

For the cracks I usually mix dry coffee grounds with CA glue and fill it in then just sand it. Or just leave the crack.

-- Tommy,

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#5 posted 12-29-2013 03:27 PM

So you cant serve soup in it. But it’s still good for hard candies or fruit, and you can always tell people “I did that on purpose. Haven’t you seen the museums that are full of cracked old bowls worth MILLIONS!”

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#6 posted 12-29-2013 04:00 PM

I think it adds character to the bowl. I turn a lot of wet wood. shape the bowl basically how you want it down to about an 1” thick then put it up and let it dry. I know an 1” sounds thick but it’ll allow you to turn out just about any warp (some of them get flat out crazy crooked). I put a little shelf way up high in the shop where I store them till I’m ready to finish.

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#7 posted 12-29-2013 06:28 PM

You are not alone in having a turning warp.
One other way to deal with wet wood not mentioned by ghost5 is to partially turn the piece then dry it in the microwave. I put the partially turned piece in a closed brown paper shopping bag and microwave it until it is almost to hot to hold. Take it out of the microwave, open the bag a little, and let it cool. Repeat until you stop generating water vapor and steam. This method essentially acts as a steam kiln and allows the inner moisture to cook out to the surface but keeps the surface moist enough to relieve most of the stress in the wood. Check it after each heating cycle and if you notice cracks appearing seal them with some medium thick super glue. That usually stops the cracks and you can cut through them when you finish the turning. There are other microwave techniques you can find on the internet if you want to experiment more.

-- Les B, Oregon

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