quick dry wet wood?
I woke up feeling like it was a day for pens. I haven't made pens in a long time but earlier in the week found a bag of pen parts, mandrels, bushing etc that I must have bought one or five years ago.
I grabbed a small log that I cut off a mesquite tree a few days ago. I thought it was deadwood since most of the bigger stuff I cut was deadwood, but when I cut it down on the bandsaw it feels real cold to the touch - that to me means it's wet.
So now I've got two wet mesquite boards 1" thick, 4" wide, 18" long. And I want to turn pens.
I suppose I could keep grabbing logs and making boards, but I've only got one junker bandsaw blade left and milling wet mesquite with it is going to kill it very quickly. So option 2 is to dry the boards I just made.
What can I do? It's not hot enough out here to just lay them on the driveway - another 30 days or so and that will do the trick quickly.
Can I microwave them? Cook them in the oven? If so - how, as they are, cut into blanks first, predrill before cooking?
I've also heard boiling stops checking. Instead of drying, can I boil them?
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