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Drying wood without a kiln

post #1 of 10
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How do you dry wood without a kiln - besides leaving it in the basement for a couple years
post #2 of 10
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.
post #3 of 10
You can do it in the microwave. Heres a great info packed article.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/3jdw8/microwavedrying.htm
post #4 of 10
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.
post #5 of 10
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.
post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by The Lure Washer View Post
You can do it in the microwave. Heres a great info packed article.
http://www3.sympatico.ca/3jdw8/microwavedrying.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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Originally Posted by GattaFish View Post
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
post #8 of 10
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thats what idried and it came out great


Interesting,,, I have a pencil that split about 2 inches,,,, Weird,,,
post #9 of 10
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.ncwoodturners.com/tipsntricks.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?
post #10 of 10
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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