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Posted on My turned projects keep cracking

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#1 posted 01-17-2013 08:03 PM

I do quite a bit of turning and most of what I do is with green wood. Most turning blocks you buy are green with a wax emulsion like anchorseal over them so they don’t dry and crack before they are sold. When buying blanks commercially, if it doesn’t say it’s dry, assume it’s green. Especially if it has a waxy feel to it. Mostly, I cut logs lengthwise, remove the pith, round what’s left on my bandsaw and then mount it and rough it out. Then I use the denatured alcohol method to dry the bowl or whatever I’m making. A detailed description on how to do it is found here. I’ve yet to have a bowl crack during the drying process using this method.

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