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Quick-drying wood?

I saw a video about using a microwave oven to dry wood (small pieces, obviously). Though I am skeptical of that I wonder if anyone has come up with a quick-drying method? This is in part because I've gotten hold of a small holly tree (something like 4-5" in diameter. I understand that holly is one of the lightest colored woods available and wondered if it could be useful for guitar inlay, binding, or side fingerboard marker dots.

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The concept is to get the wood water hot enough to force more rapid evaporation.
Substantial number of wood carvers do this. Also makes some tough damp woods easier to carve.

For your applications, I'd suggest that you resaw the log into 1" or less thick boards.
Paint the ends to slow down the rate of evaporation.
Stack and sticker the wood, outdoors, under cover, not cooked in a shed, and wait.
The wood will dry down to the Equilibrium Moisture Content of 12% - 14% at about 1" thickness per year.

My western red cedar shake blocks are at least 6" thick. From both sides, that is approx 3 years to dry.
I have piles and stacks of wood blocks and beams, both indoors and out. They dry eventually.
Some of them, I weigh once a year, like a 6" x 24" flawless log of white willow.

I don't think that Holly is tough enough for your apps without a lot of finish protection and that's bound to change the color.
True enough, Holly is about as bright as it gets.
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I don't know how else to put this:

Wood and speed are an oxymoron. Do it slow and easy, you'll be a lot happier.

In furniture 1/32" is a Grand Canyon
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Originally Posted by NoThankyou View Post
I don't know how else to put this:

Wood and speed are an oxymoron. Do it slow and easy, you'll be a lot happier.
I agree. If you dry the wood too fast it will have checks and honeycomb. Many a board foot of lumber has gone to waste by pushing the drying time too much.

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