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I noticed today that the BOC bowls I rough turned seem to be drying much faster than usual. I know the air is dry even tho it has rained a lot. Earlier this week the RH in the shop was 35. Just wonder if anyone else had noticed this in colder weather?
Interesting article https://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood/components-sourcing/why-does-wood-change-color?utm_source=Real_Magnet&utm_medium=Emailemail@example.com&utm_content=DAILY BRIEF&utm_campaign=Why does wood change color%3F "If someone wants the same, uniform, predictable color, go with plastic." LOL
next time you have a lot of finished pieces to let dry try using kid's playing jacks as spacers instead of painter's pyramids.. cheap and w/ their ball ends less prone to dimples and piercing... very useful when you are applying finishes to your pieces horizontally too...
Last year I bought a couple of turning blocks from Rockler. They were not large and were coated in a good coat of wax. It was an experiment for me. I wanted a source of exotic wood in my area. I didn't get around to using them for a few months and when I did, I was surprised and disappointed. The wood was wet inside that wax. That irritated me, I was sure it should be dry and ready to use. Yesterday I returned to Rockler, because of my wife. She wanted to go to Joann's material store and it is across the street from Rockler. I was the only customer and got great service. I didn't complain about the block I had gotten, but asked how to properly use those waxed blocks. He said " Remove the wax and place in a paper bag. Then after 30 days it should be OK to use." It has to have time to dry out evenly. I sure wish someone had said that before or at least some instructions on the wood. As we were talking he noticed my Viet Nam vet pin on my hat and we had a conversation about things. He too, had some bad memories and we immediately knew the brotherhood. As I checked out, I asked if Rockler had a veterans discount, He said, "Brother, today we do"