I’m nuking a 4” diameter by 5-1/2” long cylinder of holly to dry it. It’s from a live tree and it was very wet when fresh. When I was turning it to a cylinder, water was spraying off!
Anyway, I’ve been microwaving it for 2 minutes on 50% power twice a day for 8 days. The blank has gone from 1,018 grams to 750 grams. According to my calculations based on the density of dry holly, it should weigh about 690 grams when I’m done.
I’ve noticed as it gets dryer, the weigh loss gets progressively smaller. I’m down to about 3 grams of weigh loss per nuking session at this point.
I’ve got just a few small cracks on the ends. I think these will get removed by the final turning, but I certainly don’t want them to get bigger.
At this point, should I wax or paint the ends and let it lose the rest naturally? Or keep nuking? (Or paint and keep nuking?)
Last edited by Quickstep; 09-23-2020 at 10:07 AM.