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Forum topic by Paul Lajoie posted 07-24-2013 11:02 PM 1141 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Paul Lajoie

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07-24-2013 11:02 PM

I recently bought some walnut to turn some goblets.(from Woodcraft) After scraping off the wax and cutting to length needed, I cut the blank corners to save time roughing and noticed I had to use the bypass on my saw(I have a Sawstop) cause the wood was to wet to cut on normal. Now I don’t want to turn it for fear it will crack and distort. How can I dry it without waiting for months? I don’t have a moisture meter. Also how can I make sure I get wood that is ready to turn next time I order some? One more question, can the wax I scraped off be reused? This is the first time I’ve bought turning blanks that came seal in wax. Any help and suggestions are greatly appreciated.


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#1 posted 07-24-2013 11:24 PM

Was it sold as green, defective, or damaged?

If not, and I paid full retail price of furniture grade stock, I’d bring it back…

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#2 posted 07-25-2013 10:22 AM

I am not seeing the wood you have before you so take what have to say with a grain of salt.

If turning one piece goblets go ahead and turn sand & finish them. Dry in days vice months. You could re-seal ends with wax and wait a couple weeks before turning.

If making segment goblets, rip lengths tad thicker let strips of wood hang out for couple weeks before proceeding.

Wood vendors catering to woodcarving & turning community buy wood by the pound. Most have no idea or care about moisture content because cheaper to buy wet vice kiln or air dry carving or turning wood.

If buying wood just assume it is wet, most vendors will not nor cannot guarantee moisture content of wood they sell. People that supply wood vendors seal wood blanks in wax to keep wood from cracking, checking before sold.

This vendor doe’s sell kiln dry wood, but look at caveat for non-kiln dry wood. Just because wood has been kiln dried does not mean moisture content will remain the same. Wood gains and looses MC depending upon relative humidity of environment where you live. So let wood get acclimatized to your area for week or two before turning.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 07-25-2013 01:39 PM

What is the lowest temp of your kitchen oven? Mine is a convection oven that goes to 140 degrees and has a fan in it. It works like a charm for drying small pieces of wood. You can lower most oven temps to 170 degrees which will work just fine too. It takes about a day to dry the wood. You will want to check the wood with a moisture meter or weigh the wood to the gram and reweigh the piece every hour or so to see how much water you are removing. DO NOT remove too much water!

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#4 posted 07-25-2013 02:32 PM

Maybe make a moisture meter? HTH

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