Turning Archive

Re: Turning chisel handles microwaving
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Turning chisel handles ()

Peter Hyde
Put each rough blank into a plastic bag and close it by folding the end over once. Set microwave for max power and give it 2 minutes. Remove bag wearing thick leather gloves as it's hot! Shake out the blank, and weigh it, turn the bag inside out and repeat process until weight becomes stable. Leave the blanks in a warm place to stabilize for at least a day before turning them. They should be at about 10% M.C.
Keeping the moisture in the bag results in less cracking and also allows for quicker drying. I've done pieces of black walnut 15" long and 3" x 3" this way with no problems.

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