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Forum topic by johnlime posted 03-27-2014 04:05 AM 924 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2014 04:05 AM

I’m new to all this woodworking, and have acquired some green flaming box elder. The wood is approximately two inches thick and coated with wax. How long do you let this dry before you put it on the wood lathe? The actual dimensions are 10 inches by 1 inch, it is a log end.

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#1 posted 03-27-2014 11:57 AM

You can work the material green, however you will need to leave it over sized until it dries. What is the end result? The appropriate moisture content will dictate the desired moisture content. A Moisture meter would also be helpful to make decisions. Need some more info for a more complete response.

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#2 posted 03-27-2014 12:29 PM

Air drying wood takes approximately 1 inch per year from the outside in. If you keep it in a well ventilated place on sticks so the air can get all around it, it should take 1 year for a 2” piece to dry. You can turn it before that, but you risk your piece cracking as it dries. In exchange you can dramatically reduce drying times.

If this is your first turning or one of your first you will want to set this aside to dry and buy some cheap but already dry wood from your local hardwood dealer.

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#3 posted 03-27-2014 06:30 PM

I am confused by the dimensions you listed. “The wood is approximately two inches thick and coated with wax.” “The actual dimensions are 10 inches by 1 inch, it is a log end.”

Your wood will not dry if completely sealed in wax. You have two options rough turn and set aside to dry or scrap wax off sides leaving ends sealed and set aside to dry. I assume your Box Elder like Poplar will dry in couple weeks to couple months is scrap off wax on sides of your wood.

Mositure meters will give you a ballpark moisture content reading, for small piece like described a kitchen or mail scale lot easier to work with. Weigh the wood until it stops losing weight. When wood loses weight said to be at EMC.

Bruce Hoardley, dispells the 1” per year drying myth in many of his articles & books.

-- Bill

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