Turning Archive

Re: Turning chisel handles

john lucas
If you turn it now you will never get any ferrul's to fit. They will fall off when the wood shrinks. My suggestion is to do the microwave drying like John says. When I dry this way I do it very slowly. I heat it for about 30 seconds and then let it sit until cool. When it starts to not get as hot then I heat it for 1 minute. I usually do this off and on all day so as not to rush things. I used to do it in my kitchen and would simply do 1 or 2 or 3 cylcles while I eat breakfast and then again at lunch, etc. No rush. Now I have a microwave in the shop and whenever I take a short break to do whatever in the shop I will pick up the pieces and microwave them and then go back to what I was doing. I weigh them. When they stop losing weight I stop. This will usually be too dry so I let them set in the shop for a day or so to pick up moisture.

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