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Jimmy Cusic
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Drying green Mesquite
Nov 5th, 2005 at 8:40am
 
Green Mesquite.  Does this stuff warp very bad??  I have rough cut a bowl down to about 9" and then thought I would microwave dry it.  Anybody with suggestion for trying something else?? I just haven't worked with any green mesquite before.  Don't want it to warp like the Pecan does..
Thx  jimmy c.
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Re: Drying green Mesquite
Reply #1 - Nov 5th, 2005 at 10:20am
 
Jim, if you use the microwave DO NOT mic it for more than a min. then let it cool off and repeat the process. Be very careful, it'll crack if you get it too hot.

If you have the time put the rough-out in a paper grocery bag and let it "sleep" for a month or 2. Check the moisture content ever couple of weeks. When it's at 12% it'll be stable.

I've heard that boiling the rough-out for 1/2 an hour and then letting it air-dry works as well. I've never tried it.
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Re: Drying green Mesquite
Reply #2 - Nov 5th, 2005 at 12:14pm
 
I was told that Mesquite did not move.  I aquired some green mesquite in Oklahoma a couple of years ago and it was very green and I finish turned two bowls from it and neither has budged at all.
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Re: Drying green Mesquite
Reply #3 - Nov 5th, 2005 at 4:04pm
 
Mesquite is one of the most stable woods around. I have turned several items from mesquite and they have not moved. I have even turned lidded boxes and the lids still fit great.
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Re: Drying green Mesquite
Reply #4 - Nov 5th, 2005 at 5:02pm
 
Thanks guys.  I had thought it was fairly stable. I remember Alan Lancer or some one like him stating that it was one of the few woods that dried with out much warpage. 

While turning it I kept getting a "mud" built up on the tip.

Thx..  jc
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Reply #5 - Nov 9th, 2005 at 8:56am
 
Mesquite is one of the most stable woods.   I usually turn a bowl to completion, finish it and let Mother Nature do the rest.  Most of the bowls I have turned this way are still almost perfectly round.
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