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  1. Wood Finishing
    I was forced to use a brand of BLO I hadn't before because they were out of the one I always use and I had to finish the project urgently. I coated it on until the birch wood butcher's block tabletop was saturated, wiped off any excess, and left it to dry as I normally do. It seemed completely...
  2. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hello everyone so, a friend and i have made a wood drying kiln in our small workshop. The specs are - 1x1x5m - so its 1 meter wide/high and 5 meters deep. We have QUITE new at this and have a lot of "stupid" questions, i would assume, and we have searched Google high and low! But we have a...
  3. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi, I've just starting woodturning with a 25 year old lathe and wood from my garden. Most of my wood is not well dried out, some has just been cut, and is mainly Oak from a dead tree & Olive. It struck me after turning my first pen blank and finishing it with a CA glue finish that this...
  4. General Woodworking Discussion
    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...
  5. General Woodworking Discussion
    Greetings! I am an amateur craftsman who is trying to dry out a chunk of sugar maple tree to use as a wooden frame for a circular stained glass sign. The chunk of trunk (heh) currently resides in my garage and it is growing mold. I know for certain that it will crack :wacko: and I would like...
  6. Woodturning
    So, I was watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4rppsnoo3E At around 14:20, he gets a bucket and puts a mixture of 1 part laundry detergent and 4 parts water to soak his rough turned ash bowl for 4 days. :eek: I have heard of alcohol drying, but I have never heard of the...
  7. Forestry & Milling
    I have been given a 12 foot by 22 or 23 inch pine slab, I think it still has the bark on what do I do with that? I want to use if for a bar top, air drying just isn't an option I don't have a large enough space to store it for the quite a few years it will take to dry. So what are my options on...
  8. Wood Finishing
    Hi guys, I have recently been given a 12 foot by 22 or 23 inch wide pine slab, I believe its some where between 2 and 4 inches thick ( I have yet to see it, so am not positive on thickness). Cut this past month. I know its going to take a few years to air dry so what are my options on...
  9. Tips, Tricks, & Homemade Jigs
    hi i need to bend some 1/8" Italian Poplar just a little a bit further than it wants to. It always snaps right before I get the needed bend. Basically, I performed an experiment: I soaked it overnight in lukewarm water. Also, I heat treated some of it. This thread describes the two batches...
  10. Forestry & Milling
    I am just thinking about starting to work with slabs and logs for furniture as a hobby. I have found lots of information on slab drying but none on log and branch drying. How do you recommend drying small logs and branches to use in mortise and tenon furniture? They would obviously be stacked...
  11. Forestry & Milling
    I just got a saw mill for my stihl saw and am going to be milling some logs into slabs once the snow melts. I was wondering how I can preserve the bark on the slabs for a more rustic look for benches and chairs I plan to make.
  12. Forestry & Milling
    I am in the process of harvesting Walnut and a couple of other species. One tree is Blackgum, or Tupelo. I see that it is not a desirable wood for the craft, and not all that great for burning. Will it be suitable for using as stickers for the Walnut, Fir and Ash? I am worried primarily about...
  13. Forestry & Milling
    Hi folks, by way of introduction, my name is Rad and I live on the eastern part of Virginia. I have been digesting the art and science of drying recently and learned that I need guidance. I appreciated the tone and quality of what I have seen on here and so, here goes :thumbup1: I have...
  14. Forestry & Milling
    I just purchased 5 white oak logs ($35 a piece). Plan on getting the made into slabs. They total about 1370 bd feet. Plan on getting 2 more white oak logs to make a full day of cutting. My questions are: Should I quarter saw one of the logs (one is straight and wide)? How thick should I...
  15. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi Guys! I'm a newbie here,so please be patient... I was wondering if anyone has tried drying out Brazilian Pepper Tree wood and using it for building things with,anything.... It has real nice long slender branches,that are very straight and I thought they would make nice walking canes or...
  16. General Woodworking Discussion
    Hi All, I thought I would solicit some opinions about the wood I am drying for my planned workbench. I recently read Chris Schwarz' second workbench book (the red one) and Lon Schleining's workbench book (from 2004) and I think I know more or less what I want to build. It's a combination of...
  17. Wood Finishing
    Hello. This is my first post. Please let me know if this thread is in the wrong place. I have a question about a redwood (I think) slice I picked up from the flea market. This is a round that's about 4" thick and roughly 30" average diameter. I plan on making this into a coffee table, to be...
  18. Forestry & Milling
    I have come into some Norway Spruce (Picea abies) that was milled into 5/4 and 6/4 planks a few months ago from a tree that had been dead for a year. It has been kept in a garage since then. Right now it has 11%-13% MC and it is oozing resin in some places. There are very few visible checks...
  19. Wood Finishing
    I'm designing a table that has branches as legs. This is a project for class so I'm working within a time constraint. I know that wood drys at the rate of 1''/year, but I'm wondering if there are alternative methods for drying. Would a ceramics kiln work? My oven at home? How compromised would...
  20. New Member Introductions
    I found this site when googling how to make cake stands. I'm wanting to make a cake stand out of pine wood slabs that my landscaping neighbor cut. Everything I've found online has me buying pre-treated wood. I put the wood in the garage, but it's starting to mold. I read a few forums on how...
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