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    Forced Drying of Wood?

    Can anyone speak to drying wood with the use of denatured alcohol or a microwave? Seriously, I spoke to a guy in Georgia who told me he had great success with both these methods.
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    I have dryed pine in the microwave from fresh cut to dry weight when i studied wood science, this is really tricky due to the huge potential to mess this up. But the result was good.
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    Microwave not so good - vacuum with a heating pad very good. You don't need to pull a lot of vacuum either just enough to lower the evaporating point of water to like 90 degrees.

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    What about soaking the wood in denatured alcohol? Ever heard of that?
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    saw this article, pertains to bowls specifically but i would assume most principles are the same.

    http://www.woodcentral.com/articles/...cles_473.shtml

    also from another site there is a discussion specifically about the alcohol method

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...ol-to-dry-wood

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    These articles are just what I was looking for. Thanks alot. Think I'll stick with air drying for now.
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    The faster the wood dries, the more movement and chances of warping, cracking and cell collapse.
    If you go too long in the microwave it will char or combust.
    Walnut can be pretty entertaining in the microwave.
    One time I put a block of walnut in the microwave when I was new.
    When I took it out there was a small open burl eye with smoke coming out of it.
    This had me curious so I took it to the bandsaw and cut it in half.
    Inside was a glowing ember like a charcoal.

    We use a microwave when making freeform carved bowls.
    They carve a fresh/green bowl to almost final size.
    Then a short time in the microwave.
    This removes a good bit of the moisture but also distorts the shape of the bowl.
    (a good thing if you want a random shape)
    Then they do the final sanding and finish.
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    Thanks Mark. This guy I spoke to seemed to have perfected the process. He said he could take a green piece of wood and be working on it the next day. I think I'll go it the old fashion way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Burls View Post
    Thanks Mark. This guy I spoke to seemed to have perfected the process. He said he could take a green piece of wood and be working on it the next day. I think I'll go it the old fashion way.
    He was probably a wood turner.
    NEVER NEVER follow the advice of a wood turner when it comes to handle materials.
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    Yes, he's a wood turner. Could you elaborate a little on why to not take that advice?
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