Seeking information on using a microwave oven to dry small pieces of green
fruit wood. ( 1 to 3 inches in diameter and 10 to 12 inches long ). Is it
possible, and if so, how long would it take to dry? Any other pertinent
information would be appreciated.
Microwaving steams the wood from within. Turners dry in the microwave a lot.
I like low energy settings and many cycles, some like to zap the daylights
out of it. You will get some color/figure degradation from the steaming,
however, which is why I won't do an exceptional piece in the microwave.
google search for the microwave, and enjoy the often contradictory
Wood magazine did an article on using a microwave to dry wood a bunch
of years ago, check thier index. Specifically it was for bowls that
were turned green, and dried in the microwave to remove the drying
time,,,, take the bowl out of the microwave and put back on the lathe
to complete the project.
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