drying cedar

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Forum topic by buzsaw posted 11-11-2009 03:08 AM 1085 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2009 03:08 AM

I have some great looking cedar but it was just cut a month ago. Can it be dried with denatured alcohol soak method? I would like to turn some bowls from it. Thanks in advance for the help.

-- I work to much to turn as much as I would like to.

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#1 posted 11-11-2009 03:53 AM

After it is milled, cedar will air dry in just a few weeks on its own. As for whole logs, I am not sure how long it will take.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#2 posted 11-11-2009 07:57 PM

Hi buzsaw why woory about dryin the cedar there is no problem turning it wet to a thicknes of between 3 &6mm by the time u are finishes turning and sanding i will be 90% dry. Cut the wood to the size your lath can handle and seal with any waterbase paint if u do ny have emulsified wax this is what the pros use.
If the cedar is in log form cut lengths diameter plus 2”” and then split log on pith and cut round on bandsaw and tur a bowl remember the smell is lovely and the whole shop smells good for a few days
pm if u need more advice
Regards and happy turning will look out this weekend for your bowl Roger SA

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