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Forum topic by KingmontKid posted 09-02-2012 05:49 PM 1076 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-02-2012 05:49 PM

I’ve seen all sorts of sites from the lathe/turning crowd about drying green wood: roughing out their bowls, then using a process (denatured alcohol, liquid dish detergent, boiling, PEG, etc) to speed up drying, finishing the bowl and then letting it dry.

But I want to hear from the scroll sawing crowd (of which I belong). Anyone ever scroll with green wood? I’ve been buying the slabs/wood cookies/rounds/etc (the cross cut pieces with bark still on them) from the big box craft stores. But A) I hate buying wood; and, B) I don’t like basswood…at all.

I am wondering if you cut frets into a green round to make a portrait/silhouette, if the cuts would reduce the shrinking tension (??) and you would be less likely to have your wood cracking. Here recently I scored some cherry and have it in denatured alcohol as we speak. But just seeing if I can save a buck or two by not worrying about it as the frets would relieve tension. But, I also didn’t want to take the time to cut a portrait in green wood, set it aside (taking up VALUABLE space in my little corner of the garage), only to find it cracked to smithereens!!!

Let me know your experiences if you have any. Thanks!

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