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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 06-25-2017 06:58 PM 432 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Wildwood

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06-25-2017 06:58 PM

Year or so ago responded to this post having never heard of using silca gel to dry wood. Guess should have taken my head out of the sand and did little research.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/159538

Have to scroll down to Steve Antonucci’s post 7/23/17 with video worth a look. If not a member of face book not sure how will see the video. If link doesn’t work might find Scott Phillips interview with Dave on line.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/GlobalWoodturners/?ref=bookmarks

There are more articles on line thing that makes this procedure worth mentioning you can reuse the silc gel after drying it out. Not sure how many uses will get but might be worth the expense.

-- Bill


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#1 posted 06-26-2017 12:36 PM

Not sure reafy to go out and buy silica gel beads to speed up drying bowl blanks rough outs. Cost and learning curve makes me wary. Have to pay attention to color beads you buy some cannot be regerated. Blue beads turn pink when wet can regerate in oven 250 F”, or micro wave on low setting times vary so keep an eye on them. Do follow manufacturer’s safety instructions & precautions when dry silica beads.

Depending upon where you live and have some free silica gel packs and want to throw them in a bag versus wood chips give it a try.

Beside video found this article:
http://www.edswoodturning.com/2010/11/11/drying-wood-with-silica-gel/

http://www.leevalley.com/us/garden/page.aspx?p=48083&cat=2,50560

There are other suppliers as well where can buy by the pound or gallon. How many pounds or gallons require to completely submerge your roughed out bowls have no idea.

-- Bill

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