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post #1 of 5 Old 03-28-2010, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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I wasn't sure where to put this post, there are so many things I'd like to celebrate with it. But it is a pen, so woodturning seemed appropriate.

This pen has a story. My in-laws had an approximately 40 year old maple tree in their front yard that had gone bad. They had it cut down last fall, and, being a woodworker, I requested that they save as much of it as possible for me. I probably filled my full size '77 F100 four times bringing all that wood home from their house. I sealed the ends, stacked it outside my garage, and hoped that someday I'd figure out how to use it.

Then I found Daren's post about drying wood. I did a lot of research, and, with Daren's help, built a small wood drying kiln.

Two weeks ago, I finished the kiln, started sawing some wood from the free pile, and loaded it up. Today, I decided the wood was ready, so I cut out a chunk of that maple tree, and found this pen in it.

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I'm pretty excited about it. A year after I started calling myself a woodturner, I've got a free pen! There's a butt-ton of wood outside my garage, and I can't wait to see what's in it.
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Nice pen. Sounds to me like you ought to send it to Daren.

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that sounds like a great idea...
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Dano, looks great and sounds like the kiln is working out well. How big did you make yours? How much space does it take up? I think it would be nice to be able to dry some turning blocks a little quicker.

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Thanks John! I mostly wanted a kiln for turning blanks. I felt guilty driving past all that free wood on the side of the road so I could pay out the wahzoo at the hardwood store.

My kiln is 44" x 32" x 7'. It's right next to the sink in the room off my garage. It basically is a large cabinet. My first load was a bunch of 5/4 boards from some stuff I had lying in the driveway: hickory, hackberry, walnut, maple. It dried to about 14% in two weeks. Most of it had a lot of cracks, but I think I got the kiln going too fast at first. The second load has a lot of big chunks and squares for turning, and I'm going to take it niiiiice and slowwwww!
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