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09-19-2010 05:00 PM

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In the latest issue of Fine Woodworking, page 19, there is an article on heat treating wood. I have a piece of maple that was given to me that I am waiting to turn into a box. It is such a beautiful piece of Maple that I hate to use it. I just admire it and think what a shame to cut into it. I was told this piece was microwaved, but looks identical to the Maple on page 19. The piece I have apparently came from Quebec. The wood in the magazine came from Connecticut. If these two processes are different, does anybody know how and why?
To further confuse the issue I had a plasticized wood project described to me that employed the same procedure as pressure treating, or wolmanizing lumber. I saw a piece, and the plastic seemed to be impregnated throughout the wood. Seems to me to be a good idea, not only for the finish, but preservation. Should anyone have info on either of these processes, tell us about them, would make an interesting discussion.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#1 posted 09-20-2010 12:14 PM

My plate will probably be mahogany, turned up on a lathe. I want the finish to be microwave safe and food safe. Is there anything out there that will work?
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#2 posted 09-20-2010 12:22 PM

Clerinsmadona is a SPAMMER – do NOT click on his link

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 07:54 PM

Damn I clicked but at least I didn’t get RickRolled…

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 08:27 PM

This topic came up here
and then a bit later here

Nothing I read at the time mentioned using a microwave. I think a microwave would give really mixed results, all depending on moisture content.

I did have a few small pieces I pulled out of the fire pile a few days back that looked like they could have had some bugs working in them. I did contemplate using the microwave on them for a bit to kill any bugs that might be hiding inside without hurting the wood …. but I wasn’t sure about what it would do to the wood.

err I also wasn’t sure enough about what I was doing to bother trying to convince my wife to let me put firewood in the microwave. In the workshop, I wear the pants in the family…in her kitchen, she wears the pants ….really we only own one pair of pants so we have to take turns. ;)

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 08:46 PM

I recently tried microwaving wood. It was sycamore. It had termites and a little moisture. It worked great as far as killing the termites and did a good job at drying the wood. Now for the great part. It is ill advised to use the microwave in the kitchen, or anywhere the wife might have to be for any amount of time. Because though it worked good for the wood it did better at absolutely completely pissing off the wife and making me spend a half day completely cleaning the kitchen and burning tons of candles to remove the stench. But hey I got to turn the wood sooner than I thought. Good luck, there are a few sites that offer good advice on it.

-- Daniel

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 11:48 PM

Hi Guys,
Thanks for the feedback, I find this concept intriguing to say the least. I have heard of guys using a microwave for a small piece to colour it. Just as DanCo says it P”O”ED the woman of the house, and filled the house with an aroma of burnt wood. We don’t want that. I will continue to track all this down and thankyou for your help, aaand, here is a website to look up, seems the owners are quite guarded about divulging too much info.

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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