What uses would a microwave have in the shop? I have seen info about this
before but cannot remember any uses. Does anyone use one in their shop and what
do you use it for? Thanks for any suggestions guys.
Keeping your coffee warm... Duh! :-)
Seriously, though, some turners use microwaves to dry thick turning blanks. Do
a Google groups search for microwave on the group rec.crafts.woodturning and
you'll see some ideas.
I may be imagining this, but I seem to recall a post here not too long ago
about using a microwave to heat/soften wood for bending. Google again...
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Yes, I've also seen some reports on bending.
Yet another use: softening glue. Most glues will soften with heat. White glue
or yellow PVA that's recent will turn plastic. For older PVA, add a little
water to the joint before heating. Do not use popcorn setting, however.
On Fri, 01 Oct 2004 15:04:43 GMT, email@example.com (Doug Miller) wrote:
Great for destroying CDs/DVDs if you have any sensitive data on them. Cover
them with a paper towel and cook em on high for 10-30 seconds with the shiny
side up. Oh, don't breathe the fumes either.
Oops, wrong hobby.
I've used a microwave for straightening out the lid of a small carved
mahogany(ish) box,which had warped badly. Wrapped it in wet rags, and put
it on defrost for a while. Once it was really hot (too hot to handle with
bare hands) I clamped it down flat and left it in clamps for around 24hrs.
There was a slight amount of spring-back, which I was able to take out with
a block plane. A couple of years later, it's still ok.
I've also used it for drying wedges, an up-to-date version of the old boy's
trick of putting their wedges for whatever job in an oven and baking them.
Once they're bone dry, they will never shrink any further, and the only
effect that changes in humidity will have is to further tighten them.
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firstname.lastname@example.org (Runnonmt) wrote in message
If you use a biscuit joiner, a microwave is good for drying the
biscuits so they fit nicely in the slots. 30 seconds on high
repeated once or twice with a minute inbetween for cooling will
take care of a handful or two.
On 01 Oct 2004 14:47:48 GMT, email@example.com (Runnonmt) wrote:
The most fun you can have with a microwave:
Insert AOL CD.
(If you don't have an AOL CD, one by Enya or Kenny G. will do.)
Turn off room lights.
Select 5 seconds on timer, hit "Start".
Enjoy the show. Sparklies, cracklies; fun for the whole family.
Michael (Should I post this on the "All-ages" newsgroup?) Baglio
On a serious note (gotta try the marshmallow thing, though), I nuke
vinegar+salt to get a supersaturated solution for derusting. The hot
solution also speeds up the reaction. Plastic peanut butter jars, however,
melt disastrously in this application. damhikt.
Also rewarms once-hot beverages, saving a trip to the kitchen.
The 'wave softens paraffin (wax) + solvent when making screw lube.
Ummm. Aren't paraffin and solvents flammable (inflammable? see recent
posts) I wouldn't nuke anything that could explode.
I use mine for heating coffee. Once I used it to heat up some rubber
'tires' (formerly hockey pucks with the centres drilled out) and it
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