Re: Drying large cubes

Richard campbell wrote...

Are you sure they are solid oak? How much do they weigh? A solid cube of oak that big would weigh around 45 lbs! A veneered box seems more likely.
Jim
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pretty sure the block is solid. The magazine didnt say how much it weighed. i am contacting the company that sells it to check it is solid. It cost 135, which is quite a lot for a veneered box.
richard
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They said it's solid wood but is it *one* piece of wood? Best bet would probably be to laminate 3 ~80mm or 4 ~60mm pieces together. Match them for grain and color and it should be fairly difficult to tell it from 1 solid piece. If you had to do it from a single piece of timber, you might try an old piece from a timber frame building that's already seasoned.
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Carvers who work on large blocks of wood usually follow this strategy.
Ken Muldrew snipped-for-privacy@ucalgary.ca
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Think you may have found the answer in that it is reclaimed timber. looked at the companies website and saw that they make use of eco-friendly materials, so reclaimed would fit in. Cheers for the help.
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Dry it VERY slowly.
Phil
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