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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 02-07-2013 02:22 PM 742 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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02-07-2013 02:22 PM

Wouldn’t it be nice to cut a live tree and use the wood tomorrow completely dry and stable?

That’s what I’m about to do today with a rainbow poplar bowl I turned from a water-flinging log. This thing was so wet it dripped when I turned off the lathe.

With the help of my trusty microwave oven set on defrost (3) about 20-25 times, I’ve brought that bowl, which I turned out completely, from dripping wet to bone dry with no warping or cracking.

I’m seriously thinking about buying another microwave for the shop now. This is pretty fantastic stuff for a turner and I’m excited about it.

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

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 03:22 PM

Good idea, Russell. But I’d just use the microwave to cook Hot Pockets and then make myself fatter than I already am. My beer habit is bad enough. At some point, I’ll have to turn my auto-feeding thickness sander into a treadmill.

-- jay,

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