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    How long does it take to turn turnable?

    I want to try my hand at something bigger than a Yo-Yo. I recently cut down a apple tree in my back yard. I kept the wood for my fireplace but now I want to turn some of it so I would like to know about how long it would take for this wood to dry out to a place where I could turn it. After finding this site recently I'm now inspired to try to make something larger than what I have done in the past. If I keep some of the wood dry by putting it in my garage....how long? A year...two??? Do I just leave it with the bark on it? I have it cut up into about 10-15 inch long peices that are about 6-12 inches across.

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    I AM NOT A TURNER,,,, but here there are many that turn there projects green... and use the dna method of drying..
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    and use the dna method of drying..
    dna?????? I'm new so could you please explain. Thanks.

    Tom

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    I did a quick search (sorry, should have done it before replying) and found several good threads about DNA drying. Intresting reading. I've got a lot to learn.

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    Tom,
    Look into microwave drying as well... takes less time than the DNA..

    With DNA you submerge the wood and soak for a day or two, then let it dry for a couple of weeks to a month... depends on the wood.

    With the microwave, you can dry pretty quickly... run it for a couple of minutes, let it cool, re run for a couple of minutes, let cool, etc... you'll need to have a means to weigh or a moisture meter to check moisture content... might take a couple of hours or so this way. I start with the defrost cycle for two or three cycles, then up to the simmer/stew cycle for a few... don't usually do more power than the simmer... you can burn the wood if you get too hot and microwaved wood that smokes smells as bad as burnt microwave popcorn.. (DAMHIKT)

    I use both methods, depending on what I need to get done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    Tom,
    Look into microwave drying as well... takes less time than the DNA..

    A microwave...never thought of that. Surly you don't use the "kitchen" microwave. Sounds like it would be fast but I'm not to sure what the wife would think.......although I do get home from work before she does.....lol. I might have to look into finding an old unused unit to keep out in the garage.

    Thanks for the information.
    Tom

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    I use the DNA method of drying. I have found fruit wood in a microwave cracks on me. Maybe I am doing something wrong but I think you can dry to quick. I have had better luck with other woods. Yes I would find a old one at a garage sale. Momma doesn't like me using her's.
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    Dan, I'll echo the other suggestions to turn the wood green, then dry the rough-turned piece. If you try to let a piece of apple wood dry on its own (or most any other type of wood), it's almost guaranteed to crack. I use the DNA method for nearly every piece I do, and have had good success with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    I AM NOT A TURNER,,,, but here there are many that turn there projects green... and use the dna method of drying..
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    Roger that Vaughn-standing by.




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    You guys are brutal...lol

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