Boiling wood question

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Hugh, Aug 11, 2008.

  1. Steve Worcester

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    The difference in letting it cool with the water, kind of allows it to anneal. If you pull it out thus allowing it to cool quickly, the wood may have to contract too quickly and crack. If nothing else, the super cooling would lead to more warpage.
     
  2. Wyatt Holm

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    Thanks for the boiling wood information. I recently read about manzanita and the problems it has with cracking. One person recommended soaking it in salt water for several days. Has anyone tried that? I would also like to know if boiling would fix manzanita.
    thanks guys
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  3. Joe Greiner

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    I recently turned a cedar goblet with captive rings. Ordinarily, such a challenge would be nigh hopeless due to disorderly behavior. But the source was cedar driftwood, probably from Gulf of Mexico. The provider speculated that salt water had a beneficial effect. So it definitely seems worthwhile. Google [soak wood "salt water"] doesn't provide much useful information; maybe need some more specific keywords.

    Joe
     
  4. Larry Bourdeau

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    I think Steven Russell warns always use a pot at least 6 inches larger in diameter than any piece you boil. Very good warning Barbara, especially for you non production turners.
     

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