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#1 posted 01-05-2010 09:23 AM

Iuse #1 and #3.
Microwaving works well on pieces that fit in the oven. Done carefully it is similar to a steam kiln which cooks the moisture from the inside out reducing the stress the wood goes through in air drying. The wood is put in a brown paper bag between heating cycles to hold in some of the water vapor and help the moisture in the wood equalize. Don’t get the wood to hot. I usually heat it until I can just barely hold it in my hands (hot potato). Take it out of the microwave and put it in the closed paper bag while it cools. Repeat the heating and cooling process until you are satisfied with the dryness. The thicker the wood the more times you need to re-heat it so I usually rough out the piece first to reduce the heating process. If you don’t rough it out first you might go through two or three heating cycles and then leave it in the paper bag overnight. Then repeat the process.
If I notice small cracks starting to form I treat them with CA glue which usually stops them, and continue the drying process.

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