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Author Topic: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.  (Read 2354 times)

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #20 on: June 28, 2017, 12:08:26 AM »
I strongly suggest you not turn big bowls with cracks in them. There was recently a photo circulating on-line where the bowl blew up on the guy and a chunk broke his face shield and that acted like a machete and sliced open his head all across the top. I lost count how many staples he had. Lynn Yamaguchi had a serious accident where one of her eye sockets was shattered from a bowl coming apart and smacking her in the face. She now wears a riot helmet. Wood with cracks is firewood, not turning blanks!

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #21 on: August 16, 2017, 09:28:36 PM »
You have to stay out of the firing line while your lathe is on. Also use low speed and develop safe habits about how you turn your lathe off and on.  I have variable speed and always turn the speed to zero and then kill power.

Most of what I turn is found wood on the side of the road. Cracks are everywhere but I choose the ones I can work safely.

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 03:32:02 AM »
I have cut several 5" squares and turned 3-4" end grain cups-bowls. Does not seem to have much water. I have also cut several 1/2" fret board blanks. about 3x20". This is the way ebony is shipped to USA. What Gibson was fighting with EPA and IRS about 6-8 years ago.

 These fit in my microwave. I have decided to try 30 sec burst spaced 15 min apart to see what happens. If this works I will cut a 2" slab to 8"x 20" which is max size microwave will take. The portion cut off will be perfect for more fret boards. I will be experimenting with one of 5 slabs so I can afford the risk. With bowls dried this way, experience says to stop when they are warm. That is the only advice I have found. Good results are universally reported. I hope to have several dry fret boards in a week and move to larger slabs. Today I got 6 burst completed. No warping but no weight loss either. It has been drying in shade outside for 7 months prior to this.

I would love to cut out a pair of guitar backs this summer.

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Re: Drying slab of osage orange for guitar parts.
« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2018, 06:47:10 AM »
Got too aggressive with microwave. Burned wood.

Did cut up half the slabs into 6 sets of backs. Wood still got a lot of moisture to loose. But now 3/16- 1/14" and should be ready this summer.

Also got material for sides and cut out 4 sets of sides. Wood was dried and I see big difference.

 


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