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How Do You Dry Roughed Out Turned Lidded Boxes? (Read 248 times)
 
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How Do You Dry Roughed Out Turned Lidded Boxes?
Jul 16th, 2017 at 12:43pm
 
Just before I started roughing out, from green wood, turned lidded boxes, (as shown in Richard Raffan's book and video), someone gave me an open back rattan bookshelf 22" x 12" deep x 72" high, 4 shelves. I've used it dry green roughed out lidded boxes, one row on each side of each shelf.  I've had few drying cracks, with only a couple inches between the front and back rows.  I haven't paid much attention to weight loss, and haven't made many finished turned lidded boxes from the blanks.  So I don't know if it is an effective drying rack.

It's full and was just given some cherry for more roughouts.  So I need to make another drying rack.

I'd like to ask how much air circulaton others allow between stacks, and whether some shrinkage cracks occur.
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Re: How Do You Dry Roughed Out Turned Lidded Boxes?
Reply #1 - Jul 17th, 2017 at 9:41am
 
I put mine up on a wire shelf for good air flow. I either tape the top and bottoms together (think that tip came from Richard), or number them so I can figure out which to together. Mostly you want air flow around them. Already 'dry' wood is good in a month or three...

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Re: How Do You Dry Roughed Out Turned Lidded Boxes?
Reply #2 - Jul 17th, 2017 at 10:51am
 
I tape the top and bottom together with the tennons facing each other. This leaves the hollowed out portions exposed to the air.  Then I just throw them on a solid shelf and forget about them.  When I get back to them they are dry because it's been a year or so.   Have not had any cracks develop when I make the sides about 1/2 inch thick. I am in SE Michigan.
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