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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-06-2013 06:47 PM 836 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-06-2013 06:47 PM

Well my fellow woodworkers, I made a mistake. I turned a spalted curly maple bowl wet to a thickness of 3/4” and I was going to let it dry naturally and take my chances when someone told me about microwave drying.

I did it and it dried the bowl out with no cracking in less than 24 hours as compared to 6 months or so buried in turning shavings in a paper bag. It did warp to a slight oval, but I just returned to outside to round and had to leave the inside oval, looks kind of cool that way actually. God I think we all would give up turning if we had to wait 6-8 months for stuff to dry.

Anyway, I got to thinking that if I turned to bowl all the way out, I could dry it and save the extra turning after it’s dry. Well a little anyway. They all need a little something after they dry.

So I turned a rainbow poplar and it’s in the microwave now.

I’ll keep you posted.

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#1 posted 02-06-2013 07:12 PM

Good luck. I hope it goes well.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 06:44 AM


What a great post. Quality is better than quantity. Thanks for the excellent contribution to the discussion.


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