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Old 03-03-2017, 08:06 AM   #51 (permalink)
 
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Hello George, I ended up with a 280mm rough blank and cored it for a 240mm second blank. Now to wait another year or so, before it dries.
Looks good mate, looks good...!

Now, don't wait until the wood shows 4 or 5% moisture content, you ain't going to get that unless you wait a good 30 years, the natural oils in it will keep the wood well above 10%MC after dry, is just the nature of the wood and if I was you, because you are in Australia and you can get easily any of the products I use, go to any Mitre 10 store and look for a product that Feast & Watson makes that was called "Fungishield" but is now called I thing, wood primer Timber Primer | Wood Preserver, For Priming New Timber

You have 2 options, you either use it to soak all the wood from the rough turned piece, I mean, soak it in an out at least 4 times letting it dry overnight in between coats, that prevents the wood from cracking and warping too much, you can soak it until the wood takes no more, let it dry for a couple of months and finish it or, you turn it down to final size and shape, sand it up to 240 grit and then soak the living life out of it until it soaks no more.

Let it dry for a few weeks after then you can remount it and finish it by sanding to finer grits 400 is normally enough. At this point, you need to make a decision on what type of finish you want on it, if gloss you need to use whatever you normally use for that type finish but, if you want it satin, because the wood have been saturated in the treatment stuff, is like being stabilised, you can finish the wood simply by polishing, it comes out beautiful.

You have options and you don't have to wait that long, the wood was 19%MC when left here, now that you reduced the size and cored it, the wood will very quickly reach your ambient MC and it should read about 12% or so, that for this wood, is considered dry...!

PS: Use that Fungishield for any green turnings you make, as soon as it comes out of the lathe, start soaking it, a brush and a drip tray is all you need however, any liquid that runs out of the wood, do not put it back in the original container, it will contaminate and it will start to dry/set in the can, this applies to most products I know so, when you get to the last coat and you still have some liquid in the tray, put it in a separate container and use it within 3 months, better that way.

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