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Bottle Stopper Blanks

How dry should bottle stopper blanks be before turning? I know bowls are rough turned green and then allowed to come to EMC (10-12%?) before final turning. I have some air dried (not sure about MC yet) lumber that I wanted to cut some blanks from. Can I use as is or do I need to dry further? I only need a hafl dozen or so, so if I do need to dry, I was going to pop into micro wave for 30 s cycles until constant weight. Problems?
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How dry should bottle stopper blanks be before turning? I know bowls are rough turned green and then allowed to come to EMC (10-12%?) before final turning. I have some air dried (not sure about MC yet) lumber that I wanted to cut some blanks from. Can I use as is or do I need to dry further? I only need a hafl dozen or so, so if I do need to dry, I was going to pop into micro wave for 30 s cycles until constant weight. Problems?
I want my stopper and pen blanks as dry as possible.
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Drier is better, but I've found that for small, solid spindle work you can get by with fairly wet blanks (<20%). There simply isn't much surface area to crack and no thin walls. Besides, a bottle stopper cracking is not a great loss and well worth the experiment. It's not like a vessel or bowl/platter in terms of investment in wood or time.
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Yeah, the drier the better, but if your not sure a few cycles in the microwave will do the job. Don't tell the wife though. I've got my own in the shop so I don't mess hers up.
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Roughly how long of a cycle would you run on a 2x2x3 blank? A lot of variables I know.
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