Turning turning blanks into thin lumber

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There is a place near me that stocks hundreds of turning blanks of all shapes and sizes, some of them in very interesting woods that I’ve never seen as boards, at least not in person. Some of them are coated in wax, some are not. I know nothing about turning. Can I turn these into thin stock for keepsake boxes? I’d be hand sawing them.

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#1 posted 291 days ago

Interested in the answer…seems I remember reading that turning stock has a higher moisture content?

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#2 posted 291 days ago

Anytime you find wood completely sealed in wax assume wood is wet. Suppliers & vendors seal wood in wax to keep whatever moisture content constant. That way wood will not experience drying defects sitting on the shelf.

Cutting boards from blanks oversized by hand and waiting for wood to reach EMC, risky and lot of work.

You will make out much better buying domestic or exotic dimensional boards in your area. Yes, will pay more but boards probably already at or near EMC.

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#3 posted 291 days ago

It’s just green wood. Leave the wax on the ends, cut, sticker, and air dry for a few months.

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#4 posted 291 days ago

Short answer, yes. Wood is wood. It’s sealed to slow moisture release which can cause cracking.

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#5 posted 291 days ago

It depends to some extent on how thin you are cutting.
The drying problems arise when the surfaces (or ends) dry faster than moisture can migrate from interior out to the surfaces. If you are cutting veneers this should not be a problem as the “interior” isn’t very deep. The thicker the pieces you cut, the more this problem will arise.

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#6 posted 291 days ago

I’m thinking of cutting them to 3/4” or 5/8”, hoping to get at least 3/8” boards by the time they’ve been dried and planed flat. I’m in a very dry climate – perhaps that will make things worse?

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#7 posted 291 days ago

You’ll never learn if you don’t try one specie may work better than another. Go for it.


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