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535 days ago

I’ve been getting my bowl blanks at http://www.woodturningblanks4u.com/. Very pleased so far. The price is right and the product is ready to mount and WET.

These blanks are soaking wet and turn really nice. You get a shower while you work. I ordered some wood stabilizer to help them dry out.

I’ve rough turned two, a curly maple and a rainbow poplar. Both are sitting in paper grocery sacks in sawdust placed on a floor which is about 50 degrees or so.

This will take forever so I ordered some Pentacryl Wood Stabilizer. They say this can reduce drying time by up to 90% and keep it from splitting and warping. I’m skeptical, but willing to be proven wrong.

Anyone out there learn something or perhaps can teach me something?

Go on, make my day.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.


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#1 posted 535 days ago

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#2 posted 535 days ago

Have you tried this Rich?

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#3 posted 535 days ago

Russel,
I heard that Denatured Alcohol also dries out wet wood….can you compare that to the Pentacryl? I am watching this post with great interest…I hate waiting for them to dry!! I’ve tried the microwave, it seemed to work, but unless you have a dedicated microwave, I don’t think I would do it again. The wood is very hot, and left a very musty smell.
Mike

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#4 posted 535 days ago

I have not. I know of plenty of other people that have though. Near the end of Turning Wood, Richard Raffan even mentions the microwave trick. If it comes from him, then I trust it.

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#5 posted 535 days ago

Good point, Moke! Definitely try it with a spare or cheap microwave.

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#6 posted 535 days ago

I think I’ll try it with the curly maple bowl. I have it turned out to roughly 3/4 inch.

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#7 posted 534 days ago

I have 2 techniques I prefer. Microwaves do strange things to water molecules and the “heating” is far less than even or consistent.

1 – I like to use a convection oven. Lowish heat and airflow works well. I heat the piece depending on size for about an hour, let it rest for an hour, then weigh it. I repeat the process until it stops losing weight

2 – For smaller items like pen blanks, heat isn’t really necessary. I sandwich the blanks between 2 furnace filters then run a box fan under it. 24 hours of that at room temp gets them good and dry.

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#8 posted 534 days ago

Lumberjoe….
Great suggestion on a convection oven….I would think a Goodwill should have something like that. Can it get to 400 degrees to be used for powder coating curing?

When I tried the microwave it was 3 weeks after I finished a total remodel of the kitchen, to include a new microwave. The LOML was a little upset with me….but it has been about 3 years now and I am almost healed.
Mike

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#9 posted 534 days ago

A lot of my friends do at home power coating. They use an old 220v kitchen stove in the garage. Doing that in the kitchen will only lead to an early death or alimony payments.

-- www.etsy.com/shop/KandJWoodCrafts

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#10 posted 534 days ago

The bowl has gone through three microwave sessions now, 2 min on power lvl 3 then cool down. I think I’ll do three more and see what it looks like. There is no warping or checking so far. This is a beautiful curly maple bowl with large spalting so I want it to work.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#11 posted 463 days ago

I may be late to the party but just found this thread. I have tried the denatured alcohol on a few pieces and surprising it really worked. I soaked for 24 hours, then drip dry, wrap in paper bag and stored upside down. In two weeks they were ready for second turning. I have tried coating the blanks with glue but they still cracked. I have a ton of green wood that I cut on our property here in Minnesota, most of it cherry, some red oak and sycamore. So I am trying to find the best way to save as much as possible.

-- http://www.aristocraftwoodworking.com --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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#12 posted 463 days ago

Aristocraft, better late than never.
I think if I get more wet bowls I’ll use Capt Eddies trick and boil them a few hours. Once they dry, they are dry. You can dry a really wet bowl in a few hours.

I find that getting stock is probably the most key thing in turning. If your blank is a dud, the bowl will be too. I’m just starting out with some art galleries but if I sell, I’m going for the premium blanks at places like Australian Burl. He has small blanks, but they are a bit pricey. Most of his blanks are 16” round. However in his defense, the wood is some of the most outstanding I’ve ever seen. He sells mostly to professionals and artists. I’ve seen blanks go for over 300$.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#13 posted 463 days ago

Ok, forgive me – how does the captn say to do it? Don’t know that I have seen that one nor have I heard of it…. like I said, late to the party and slow at the same time…:(

-- http://www.aristocraftwoodworking.com --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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#14 posted 462 days ago

He just uses a stock pot and brings the water to a boil with the bowl in it, letting it boil gently for a couple hours. Then let it dry and it’s ready to turn, finish, whatever. I havent tried this yet, but I may on my next wet blank.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#15 posted 462 days ago

Forgive my stupidity but, wonder if a bowl could be turned, then boiled and then returned? I have a lot of green wood, so I will give it a try and let you know what happens! Thanks for all the info….

-- http://www.aristocraftwoodworking.com --- Never a failure - Always a lesson

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