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post #1 of 8 Old 07-19-2020, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Olive wood project

I just received 4 pieces of olive wood from woodcraft. Each 3x3x12. They are all covered with a paraffin wax.
I took one piece as a test and skimmed all 4 sides on my jointer leaving the wax only on the ends.
The jointer did a great job with minimal stock loss.
The olive wood does feel like it’s still wet.

I am going to let them shop dry and in a few weeks I will resaw them into 5/8 slices, joint, plane, and make glue ups for use in building a humidor.
I have a customer who wants an olive wood humidor. It will be lined with Spanish cedar and have engraving and corner splines.
If anyone is interested, I’ll keep you posted.
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Pete, welcome to the forum !!
yes, that is what you need to do with waxed wood from an outside source.
hopefully, you can post photos of your humidor project once you get
started on it. plus any other projects you may have going on.

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I just received 4 pieces of olive wood from woodcraft. Each 3x3x12. They are all covered with a paraffin wax.
I took one piece as a test and skimmed all 4 sides on my jointer leaving the wax only on the ends.
The jointer did a great job with minimal stock loss.
The olive wood does feel like itís still wet.

I am going to let them shop dry and in a few weeks I will resaw them into 5/8 slices, joint, plane, and make glue ups for use in building a humidor.
I have a customer who wants an olive wood humidor. It will be lined with Spanish cedar and have engraving and corner splines.
If anyone is interested, Iíll keep you posted.
Pete
If your olive wood really is wet, a few weeks won't be enough to dry it. Using the rule of thumb for drying of one year per inch of thickness, you've got some time before using it. But, you don't know how long it's been on the shelf at Woodcraft.
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Thank you, I will keep you posted. As you said, it may take a while to dry.
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Welcome to the forum! Add your first name to your signature line so we'll know what to call you and it will show in each post. Add your location to your profile, as well.

I moved this to its own thread instead of tacking it on the end of a 7 year old thread. You'll probably get more traction this way.

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You purchased some of Woodcraft's turning blanks. The supplier waxed them while the wood was still wet, so that they would not crack while sitting on the shelf for sale at the store.

If you have time, scrape off the wood on the sides as you have done. Leave the wax on the ends to reduce checking (cracks on the ends). Put them on "stickers" (thin pieces of scrapwood) to allow the air to flow underneath and all around the wood.

The rule of thumb is to air dry wood one year per inch of thickness. Waxed wood that you buy in the woodworking stores is not "ready to use" when it is shipped, but it does dry slowly on the shelf anyway. If it has been on the shelf for a long time, it may be further along than the "rule of thumb."

If you want to take chances and accelerate the process, you might resaw the wood into extra thick boards, which would dry faster, but risks twisting, cupping, and warping. With extra thickness, you may be able to plane them flat after drying, if they aren't too bad. Obviously this approach makes for increased waste and risk, but it may be worth it if you are trying to fill an order from a customer. Perhaps you can resaw just a single piece into thick boards to let it dry as an experiment to see what happens before you commit to resawing the remaining pieces.

You can buy moisture meters that measure the moisture in your wood. They range in price. I do not own one, but have read here on WoodworkingTalk that you "get what you pay for." Lower priced models are not as good or as accurate as the higher priced ones.

Many woodturners are used to wet wood. They turn the piece part way, leaving it "thick", then allowing the turned wood to dry for a few months, distorting as it dries. After the partially turned wood is dry, they mount it back on the lathe and turn it again, rounding off the distortions and thinning the piece to make a perfect, dry woodturning.
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would it be better to resaw it now to 5/8" and then sticker it?
drying time would be reduced from 18 months to a few months
stickered with a couple of cinder blocks on top to help keep it flat
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I think that I’m going to resaw one piece now, sticker it, and see how it goes. My shop is climate controlled and wood dries well.
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