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JUC

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09-08-2013 12:02 AM

I am looking at some Ebony at my local Woodcraft store. It comes covered in wax. MY question is, what is the best way to dry this wood out? Do I leave the wax on or remove it? If I leave it on I think it will take for ever to dry out. I also do not want it to crack if it dries to fast. What moisture % do I want before I start to work with any wood?

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP!!!
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right


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Loren

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#1 posted 09-08-2013 12:46 AM

I’ve never checked my ebony for moisture content and it
is common to come with wax on it. Chances are it is
dry enough. It’s too costly to use structurally anyway.

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#2 posted 09-08-2013 05:59 PM

Thanks for your help Loren. I use Ebony as splines and handles, not very much of it.
Thanks again.
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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#3 posted 09-08-2013 07:17 PM

I would scrap all wax from sides, (not ends) and let it hang out for awhile. Size and just how wet ebony blank determines how long to wait. Could be talking week or two, or month or two. Have no idea until scrap wax off sides and check with moisture meter or weigh the blank. You need air circulation to bring down MC.

MC for indoor use is plus/minus one or two percent EMC for your area.

Most inexpensive moisture meters will get you in the ballpark, bought this one when sold for $10 at Lowes. Not sure of price in your area but still a good meter for under $35.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_78059-56005-MMD4E_0__?productId=3136919&Ntt=general+moisture+meter&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dgeneral%2Bmoisture%2Bmeter&facetInfo=

Any inexpensive kitchen scale will allow you to weigh the blank. Op, here is weigh blank weekly/monthly until see no more decrease in weight for week.

-- Bill

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#4 posted 09-09-2013 06:05 PM

Thanks for your help Bill. This is all new to me.
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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