have a set of 3 maple turning blanks that I recieved from a friend
who works for a tree service company. The 3 blanks are about 6
across and about a foot or so long each. They were cut last week and
appear to be branches. They are all straight and look to be some
clean looking blanks. The bark is still attached. How long should I
wait to let these dry before I attempt to mount them on a lathe and
turn them?? Should I strip the bark off now to help them dry out
better? Most of the turning I have done is with glue ups of various
species of KD stock, so the drying and possible splitting, checking
and cracking that comes with fresh cut logs is new to me. Any one
have any first hand experience with this kind of thing or any advice
you'd be willing to share?? Thanks!!
You'd probably get more advice in rec.crafts.woodturning but here's my 2
Split the logs in half such that the pith is thrown away and coat the ends
with green wood end sealer. If I've got wood that likes to split such as
fruit wood, I coat everything but the bark.
That's correct, but turning wet maple is a lot of fun, and easier than
letting it dry first. Turn it down to about 10% of the starting diameter,
or about 3/4" to 1", and let it dry slowly ona paper bag, with a couple of
handfuls of shavings. In a month, or two, reload, and finish it off.
Or turn it to finish now, and let it move.
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