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Forum topic by Cathy Krumrei posted 10-11-2007 02:34 PM 916 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Cathy Krumrei

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10-11-2007 02:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood turning green processing

I have some down maple wood and before I start having it cut up I have some ? about turning the green wood. I wanted to make some rolling pins to go with the utensils. By using green wood what steps do I take in order to get my rolling pin done correctly for drying time? Can I just lathe it, then finish it or does it have to sit around before I do anything to it? Also while I think of it, laminating green pieces is that something I can do or does it have to be dried before I do any lathe work? Thanks for any information.

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#1 posted 10-11-2007 05:01 PM

It will definitely warp out of round as it dries expanding more across the grain than along it. You might be able to turn it an inch or two bigger than desired and then wait for it to dry before finishing. I would think gluing might have to wait until things were significantly dry, as there is a lot of moving going on as the wood dries.

Other folks here might have a better idea about how long you should wait for the air-drying to occur satisfactorily.
I waited two months before turning my second wet-turned bowl, after first roughing it out.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#2 posted 10-15-2007 04:35 AM

It think Douglas hit the nail on the head. A friend of mine that turns some amazing bowls says that he turns them green, leaving it fairly thick. He then waxes them to slow the moisture loss, puts them in brown paper bags and leaves them alone for approx. 3 months or so.

For me that would be quite a test of patience. It’s hard enough for me to let dry would acclimate to my shop, much less let green would dry.

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#3 posted 10-15-2007 05:40 AM

These would be for Christmas gifts so I could try in and wait that long..I guess if that’s what it takes. Lately the wood shows on tv have been turning bowls. WOW! Sure is something to see. As for the rolling pin I could just work on dry wood I have. Thanks for the info.

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