I have used a protocol that Ron Kent uses for soaking his turnings in a oil bath. It has always worked very well with great results. So i got ahold of some Eucalyptus wood the other day (so i think its Eucalyptus anyway) and turned a few pc's to see what it would look like when done. I finished turned the pc's and submerged them in oil. Usually they would float and i would place a rock on them to help hold them under. With this wood they sunk to the bottom of the oil container. Then 24hrs later take them out and oil sand them and let dry for 24 hrs and repeat the process 3-4 more times.
However, with this wood (pictures below of the latest one pulled out of soak) both pcs cracked during the first 24hr trial period. One thought of why is that they are very dense and heavy type of wood maybe i should have let them soak for a longer period of time. i have another test pc soaking and im going to let it stay submerged for 48hrs this time and then test it. If it cracks ill try another small pc and soak longer adding 24hr periods onto the protocol.
Any thoughts on this ?????? I am aware of the DNA, Microwave, Brown-Bag etc but i perfer the look and feel of the oil soak method - I just need to get a grip on the soak time / drying i think.............Thanks in advance
Last question: I got a few very large pcs that im going to anchor seal up - I am going to need a outrig -out board turning for my Jet Evs1642 to turn the larger ones and would like to get the kind that attaches to the lathe. I read where some bought the Powermatic attachment and put it on their Jet lathe and works very well. I no longer have the link or who wrote it but would like to hear how others are doing their outboard turning. Or if anybody has a Jet that has completed this setup? I would like to ask what you got....and how its working?
Thanks ahead of time to all that respond...............Dan