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Tried and True varnish oil issues

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I’ve been working with Tried and True varnish oil and have noticed on some woods it doesn’t seem to harden. I turn green wood usually to wall thickness of 3/8-1/4”. I let the bowls dry for a couple of weeks but don’t weight to monitor water loss. And I do follow the application instructions. Some bowls feel greasy even after drying for a week following finishing and I get a residue coming off when I rub the finish out. Anyone else notice this with TTrue on green woods?
 
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A couple of weeks is probably not enough to get the moisture content low enough. This time of year I use the trunk line away from my furnace as a drying device. It warms the wood and then it cools off with the cycling of the furnace. I start further away with a fresh bowl, and then you can put it near the furnace after a week or so. I've dried hundreds of pen blanks that way too.
 
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A couple of weeks is probably not enough to get the moisture content low enough. This time of year I use the trunk line away from my furnace as a drying device. It warms the wood and then it cools off with the cycling of the furnace. I start further away with a fresh bowl, and then you can put it near the furnace after a week or so. I've dried hundreds of pen blanks that way too.
very clever!
 
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Roulette, PA
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www.reallyruralwoodworks.com
I use T&T Varnish mostly with flatwork, which generally will be well dried wood, and have not noticed much in the way of issues, However, I did mistakenly grab that instead of Original (oil & beeswax) that I usually use with bowls and it does seem to take much longer to cure with wood that is not fully dried and stable. That bowl took several weeks (more than a month) before it stopped "weeping", Also, it can take several months for a full deep cure (some items left to sit in the sunshine can start to weep out a bit also until it is fully cured through and through)
 
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La Porte, IN
A couple of weeks is probably not enough to get the moisture content low enough. This time of year I use the trunk line away from my furnace as a drying device. It warms the wood and then it cools off with the cycling of the furnace. I start further away with a fresh bowl, and then you can put it near the furnace after a week or so. I've dried hundreds of pen blanks that way too.
I’ve been doing that for several years…especially to cure epoxy when tubing pen blanks. Every now & then, I find a few that I’d forgotten!!
Earl
 
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