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    Bowl turning question

    When turning aged or kiln-dried wood, is it still necessary to put it away and wait 6 months before finishing it, or can you just turn to final dimensions and have done with it. One of the pieces I am planning on is a mortar and pestle, which will have sides or about 5/8". The others are regular bowls with thin walls.
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    Roger there's no need to twice turn dry wood. The reason we twice turn wet wood, is because of the drying, and warping that is caused by it. Heck some folks like the warped effect that you get when it's finished straight from green to finish. (not me though)

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    Thanks for that, Stephen. The learning continues...
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    Roger


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    Roger I bought a couple "bowl blanks" from Woodcraft once (expensive). But they are dry and I could turn to final shape right away.
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    Roger,
    I agree with the others, but suggest you still be prepared for a little wood movement. Bowl blanks are usually pretty thick and when you open them up they almost always will move a bit.

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    Thanks again. I have several bowl blanks that I bought locally. I'm waiting to get a bit of experience before I waste that money.

    I have a piece of wood that I squared today. It is very heavy, reddish, has close growth rings (1/8 to 3/16") and has short dark streaks running the direction of the wood fibres. I'm thinking maybe red oak, and from the looks of the end, it was probably a beam in a building. I got it from my neighbour's firewood pile, where else. I have made some 2" thick pine blanks for practice.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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