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#1 Grinder

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Posted February 14 2008 - 12:33 PM

How do you dry wood without a kiln - besides leaving it in the basement for a couple years


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Posted February 14 2008 - 12:41 PM

I wouldnt leave it in the basement!
Sticker it and let it air dry outside. Keep rain off it but dont cover it with a tarp. This will get you down to about 12-15% moisture content after about 1 year per inch of thickness. You can then bring it inside to bring it down more.(Not in an unfinished basement)
Remember kiln dried is about 8% moisture content.



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Posted February 14 2008 - 6:14 PM

You can do it in the microwave. Heres a great info packed article.
http://www3.sympatic...owavedrying.htm


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Posted February 14 2008 - 6:49 PM

google green wood turning
There are a lot of ways to do it, read some of those techniques and extrapolate. Remember plugs are small wooden objects.


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Posted February 14 2008 - 8:21 PM

some of the guys that turn bowls actually turn to a rough shape
with the wood still green and then dry it before they turn the
final shape.



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Posted February 16 2008 - 12:22 AM

You can do it in the microwave. Heres a great info packed article.
http://www3.sympatic...owavedrying.htm

Careful with woods that have natural oils like cedar. I was tinkering with heating wood in the microwave and the Cedar popped and cracked lengthwise with the grain,,
No problems with hard woods like maple,,,



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Posted February 16 2008 - 3:40 AM

Careful with woods that have natural oils like cedar. I was tinkering with heating wood in the microwave and the Cedar popped and cracked lengthwise with the grain,,

No problems with hard woods like maple,,,


thats what idried and it came out great


BranfordJeff - I'd hit it like a drumset in the special ed classroom.


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Posted February 16 2008 - 1:53 PM

thats what idried and it came out great

Interesting,,, I have a pencil that split about 2 inches,,,, Weird,,,



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Posted February 17 2008 - 12:26 AM

There had been an article in Fine Woodworking some years ago about creating a kiln out of roll plastic, a fan and an electirc heater. If you were drying a lot of wood, that might be the way to go. If memory serves me, it reduced drying time from a year to a couple of weeks.



Heres a link using an old freezer for a kiln

http://www.ncwoodtur...ipsntricks.html

It looks like it work work well for the average plug builder.



There are a few references to using a wooden box with a light and a fan with the outside wrapped in foam board for a kiln on the net. Also a solar kiln could easily be constructed out of inexpensive materials. The biggest issue would be measuring the wood so that you would know when it was done.



How much wood do you have in mind drying?



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Posted February 17 2008 - 1:37 AM

There is a method involving submersion in alcohol. The alcohol replaces the water in the wood and evaporates much faster thus cutting down on the drying time. I tried it with some plum I had cut and it worked but if I had my druthers I would start with dry wood to begin with.


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