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Feb 21st, 2021 at 10:11am
 
I had an epiphany. I have been using a microwave to dry blanks.. I have a clothes dryer with a removeable platform where you can place items that you want to dry without tumbling.. Would that be good/better than using microwave. One advantage is I can dry larger pieces.
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Reply #1 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 1:13pm
 
The microwave works differently then a dryer.  The dryer just pumps hot air inside of it.  The microwave excites water molecules inside what it is cooking causing the water to heat up.  That is how it cooks faster then an oven.
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Reply #2 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 1:31pm
 
Putting wet wood in a dryer will not work the way you want it to as Chris mentioned.
If you blow hot air on the wood, the outside will loose it's moisture faster than the inside, which will cause cracking.
Kilns use heated circulated air to dry wood but much more slowly that a clothes dry does.
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Reply #3 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 2:40pm
 
I am pretty sure that all wood kilns use steam as well as heat. The steam helps to keep it from drying out too fast when heat is applied. I don't think that the steam is always as effective in stabilizing the wood as boiling is, or as sinking a log in the mill pond for a year or three, or at the bottom of the Great Lakes for a few hundred years is.... There are a few methods that can speed things up a bit, but no instant solutions, at least not yet... Patience grasshopper! I just process more green wood while I am waiting for other stuff to be ready...

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Reply #4 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 3:10pm
 
If you use your clothes dryer, don't forget to throw in a couple of softener sheets.
It makes the wood easier to work with. Smiley
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Reply #5 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 4:06pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Feb 21st, 2021 at 3:10pm:
If you use your clothes dryer, don't forget to throw in a couple of softener sheets.
It makes the wood easier to work with. Smiley

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Reply #6 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 4:12pm
 
chris lawrence wrote on Feb 21st, 2021 at 1:13pm:
The microwave works differently then a dryer. The dryer just pumps hot air inside of it. The microwave excites water molecules inside what it is cooking causing the water to heat up. That is how it cooks faster then an oven.

Yes..I am familiar with how a microwave works..thats why I asked...I just thought a kiln was kind of a big oven...o well, looks like segmented turnings for a year or two while blanks dry..
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Reply #7 - Feb 21st, 2021 at 11:53pm
 
robo_hippy wrote on Feb 21st, 2021 at 2:40pm:
I am pretty sure that all wood kilns use steam as well as heat. The steam helps to keep it from drying out too fast when heat is applied. I don't think that the steam is always as effective in stabilizing the wood as boiling is, or as sinking a log in the mill pond for a year or three, or at the bottom of the Great Lakes for a few hundred years is.... There are a few methods that can speed things up a bit, but no instant solutions, at least not yet... Patience grasshopper! I just process more green wood while I am waiting for other stuff to be ready...

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That looks like the route i will have to take..Im just going to cut up a bunch of blanks seal them, store them and forget them for a while.
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Reply #8 - Feb 22nd, 2021 at 1:29pm
 
Best thing is finding pieces you forgot about....

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Reply #9 - Feb 22nd, 2021 at 1:42pm
 
I love standing in my  Mc Scrooge wood vault and having my eyes hit on a piece I forgot was in there!!
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Reply #10 - Feb 23rd, 2021 at 10:36am
 
When I started turning and looking for wood and not seeming to find enough, I'd visit other turners shops from our turning club and was amazed that they had wood that had been in their shops for 10 years.  I just couldn't fathom that.  Now that I've been turning for a dozen years I find I have wood in my shop that has been there for 6-8 years at least.  Like one turner said,  I'm not getting any younger so I better get to those pretty chunks of wood that I've been saving.
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Reply #11 - Feb 23rd, 2021 at 10:50am
 
I have pieces over ten years old and now they're worth three times what I initially paid for them.
When the time is right they'll be used
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