2015 - Volume #39, Issue #1, Page #39[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Microwave Dries Wood Crack-FreeOne of William Tamblyn’s favorite woodworking tools is a microwave oven. Because it heats things from the inside out, the oven works great for drying wood without any cracks after he’s turned it on the lathe.
“I like working with wet wood because it’s easier to turn,” explains the Ontario FARM SHOW reader. “When I first started turning rolling pins, people complained that they cracked.”
He decided to try the microwave and hasn’t had any complaints since about the rolling pins, candlesticks and cutting boards he makes out of walnut.
“I put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then open the door to let out the steam,” Tamblyn says. He repeats the process three or four times until the wood starts to feel hot.
When dry, Tamblyn coats the wood with vegetable oil.
He’s also microwaving apple wood.
The only problem, he says, is that the wood has to be small enough to fit in the microwave.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, William Tamblyn, 4822 Rd. 18, Newtonville, Ont., Canada L0A 1J0 (ph 905 786-2074; email@example.com).
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