Turning Archive 2005
I just started to use alcohol to dry roughed out blanks. Unfortunately, in Canada we cannot get ethanol but can get methanol. I soaked two blanks (walnut and maple) in methanol but when I removed them to dry, they immediately (<2h) started to check very bad. My impression was that drying via alcohol would produce >90% clean (unchecked) bowls but I know most of the testing was done with ethanol or isopropyl. I would not have expected methanol to produce any difference results than ethanol or isopropyl.
Has anyone worked with methanol and found unacceptable results? Now that checking has started, can I stop the checking by using CA glue or would you suggest sealing the end grain better with anchorseal at this time and just wait?