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Posted 18 October 2005 - 12:59 AM
I cut some wood tonight and it had some wet spots here and there I always let my material sit indoors for several weeks before cutting what is the best way to deal with this I don't want to have troubles after sealing
Posted 18 October 2005 - 11:05 AM
I have heard of wood lathe guys drying their wood in the microwave. Have no idea how long to tell you to try if for. If you have some scrap, you may want to experiment first. Let us know how it worked if you try.
Posted 18 October 2005 - 09:22 PM
Kinda afraid to screw up this wood it is one of the finest pieces I have found it is moist in spots only right in the center
Posted 19 October 2005 - 05:31 AM
Get the moisture out or you will have problems. I would go ahead and cut out the body or bodies and then either slow dry them in the oven or just let them sit out untill they are dry.
Posted 19 October 2005 - 08:22 AM
I'm not sure about the microwave but a couple of days in an oven at a very low setting will do the job. Several days in the sun under an overhang would probably be better if you have the time. That way a little breeze will keep the air moving around it.
Posted 19 October 2005 - 04:22 PM
Thanks guys I'll let em sit for a while hope we don't get rain, if I go oven you never know when she'll decide to preheat something for the first time in her life, LOL.
Posted 19 October 2005 - 07:42 PM
What kind of wood are you working with? It can take months to air dry wood down to the proper moisture level.
Posted 19 October 2005 - 09:33 PM
A few years ago my dad cut down a cedar tree that was in their front yard and made home sawed 1x4's, 1x6's, etc. He wanted to make picture frames and crafts stuff out of it. He dried the cedar in a non-heated shed over the winter. I told him it probably wasn't the best way to dry the wood - but he was a stubborn old German....had to do it his way. Afterwards, half the wood you couldn't work with, it warped and split like crazy. It was kinda sad because the cedar was nice a looking wood. Anyways, the neighbor down the road did woodworking and did various home cut woods. He had a special heated/ ventilated shed for his wood to dry. Not saying you should build a shed, just saying you should put the wood in a warm and ventilated area. Don't rush it- it might take awhile for it to dry.
Posted 20 October 2005 - 03:05 PM
Seal the bait with 1 coat Etex. Begin painting.... and apply second coat of etex.....now torch to remove bubbles..... I have had the bait sealed with first coat of Etex almost explode due to the heat from the torch expanding the moisture under the first coat of etex. They will crack to let the humidity expand.
Everything needs to be dry, really dry.
I saw a bunch of handmades at BPS yesterday that were cracking and the paint was peeling off of baits priced at $22.95 each.
Not sure but it sounds like a humidity problem as well.
The clerk said they were all starting to do it, he threw them in a basket and took them to the back room.
Posted 20 October 2005 - 03:44 PM
Time is the best medicine for this I think, I looked for info on drying wood it sounds like time is the best way for soft wood, I'm looking for more wood now, hopefully a bit drier, Thanks for all your input guys saves me a bunch of misery, you cant rush some things, I guess mother nature is one of those things.