With temps pushing up past the 110-115 range and humidity outside, the inside my garage is worse - its like a sauna. The wood i have been turning is mesquite and some pine and these temps takes it toll fast.
I have soaked some in liquid detergent like Ron Kent does and then bag them up right after soaking for several days (rough turned) so far so good. I am on day two of the bagging out of soak.
Some I have rough turned and put in bags right away and they are still cracking.
Some I finished turned and put into soak with linseed/mineral/varnish mix and this usually has worked well for me. I let them soak in the mix for a min of 4 days and sometimes longer and take out and let sit to dry for a couple weeks. I took some out today and by the end of the day - 2 of the 4 bowls had cracks in them. I put the others into paper bags, dated and set them aside in the house to hopefully slow down the drying. It has to be the extreme temps because with the oil soak on my finish bowls this has always worked and never lost a bowl.
I am aware of the alcohol soak method and ive tried it and it works - I just perfer not using it....
Anybody have any other things they do to dry in these temps ?
I think i have lost 6 bowls in total in the past week or so - but i have a nice pile of designer firewood for the winter.......if i like the bowl ill enhance the cracks and fill them or play around and give them away otherwise i simply scrap them.........thanks Dan