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    Wood turners would turn a green banana if they could get it to stay on the lathe.
    OK, now that I have stereotyped all wood turners and shown myself as a wood bigot.......

    What is acceptable for turners is a lot different than what is acceptable for knife handle makers.
    Wood that is not completely dry is easier to turn than dry wood.

    Unless a turner is making very thin walled bowls or hollow form vessels it really doesn't matter if the wood moves a little.
    But.....on a knife if a scale moves 1/8 of an inch it is considered garbage.

    I am probably exaggerating a bit, but what is good for turning is not always good for handles.
    Just a different standard of what is acceptable.
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    Thanks for the explanation Mark. You da man!
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    Luthiers are the closest to having the same standards as needed for handle material.
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    I read once about building a chamber where you have a heater and dehumidifier and a fan. This will bring down the MC quite rapidly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    I read once about building a chamber where you have a heater and dehumidifier and a fan. This will bring down the MC quite rapidly.
    That is what I do with some woods. Works best with maple. Some other woods will still pull itself apart.
    Mine is a modification of the Dept of Agriculture's plans for a dehumidification kiln.
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    If you bring down the MC using this method will it stay down or will the wood be prone to "soak up" moisture if it's not stabilized.
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    Moisture content will go up and down until the wood is finished or stabilized.
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    once it's dry, if you expose wood to humid environment, it will soak up some moisture. I would guess by 2-3 MC points


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    Quote Originally Posted by Burl Source View Post
    Luthiers are the closest to having the same standards as needed for handle material.
    They also have the best woods...

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    I read once about building a chamber where you have a heater and dehumidifier and a fan. This will bring down the MC quite rapidly.
    That's what I am doing here, I just call it a shelf next to an open window where the trade winds go by

    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    once it's dry, if you expose wood to humid environment, it will soak up some moisture. I would guess by 2-3 MC points
    That's why my wood out here will never get as dry as it mightin the desert, but it's easily dry enough for stabilizing. An added benefit of me working so slow is that in the meantime my woods all season well...

    Stefan

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    That's what I am doing here, I just call it a shelf next to an open window where the trade winds go by
    Stefan[/QUOTE]

    That's a good one. Got a good laugh out of that. Also a bit jealous.
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