Drying wood is an integral part of the turner's art.
|Convert an Old Fridge into a Wood Kiln|
By: Mike Poorman
In this article, Mike explains how he used an old refrigerator and modified it to be an excellent wood kiln. Mike also explains his process (schedule) for drying his wood.
|Seasoning Your Own Wood Turning Blanks From Fallen Tree Limbs|
By: Dr Qui
In this article, we learn one way to process tree branches so that we can dry them for use as wood turning blanks.
|Build your own Solar Kiln|
By: American Woodworker
This is a wonderful step-by-step tutorial on how to build your own solar kiln. It includes a cutting list, plywood cutting diagram, and exploded views. They also talk about how the kiln works and provide a safe drying rate chart. If you're interested in solar kilns this is a must-read article.
|Processing Trees to Lumber for the Hobbyist and Small Business|
By: Eugene Wengert and Dan Meyer
This document summarizes how to build a solar kiln, preparing your lumber for drying, obtaining logs and sawing lumber, and provides details on drying lumber. This is a good primer to drying wood with solar technology.
|Solar Wood Drying |
By: Built it Solar
This web page shows links to a collection of solar kiln designs. There are quite a few and that gives you a lot of options to choose from.
|Build your own Solar Kiln|
By: Wood Magazine
Wood Magazine built a 8 foot by 8 foot by 12 foot passive-solar kiln and provide the plans to allow you to make your own.
|Debark SAFELY with a Hand Adze|
By: Bob Heltman
Bob Heltman explains how and why he uses a hand adze to remove the bark from his wood turning blanks. This is an easy way to remove bark and can improve the safety of your turning.
|Storing and Turning Unseasoned Wood|
By: Joe Johnson
In this article, Joe covers the topic of what does a turner do with unseasoned/wet wood. He goes through all the different ways that you can store, and process this wood including rough turning and drying bowls. He ends the article with a way to finish the dried roughed out bowls for a second turning. If you're new to dealing with wet wood, this article will be a huge help!
|Drying Wood at Home|
By: Eric Meier
Air Drying wood at home may be the simplest and least expensive way to season wood but it is also the slowest. Learn all the best practices in drying wood at home by reading this article.
|Wood Drying Kiln|
By: Ian Salisbury
In this photo tutorial, Ian Salisbury shows us how to make a sophisticated low cost wood drying kiln for only £100. He shows us how he converts an old chest freezer into a kiln that he uses to dry roughed out bowl blanks.
This is a very detailed summary of the work needed and includes part lists and wiring diagrams. It even includes a drying schedule which is a critical component of properly drying wood. This kiln is a winner!
By: Marshall Garrow
In this article, Marshall explains how he uses the microwave oven to dry his wood bowls. This method has shown great results but does require close monitoring of the wood and a slow, deliberate drying time. It also works well for large and small pieces.
|How to Build a Low Cost Kiln|
By: Irish Woodturners Guild Journal Publication
This article was published in the Irish Woodturners Guild publication and gives us a great account of one turners experience building and using a homemade kiln.
|Home built solar kiln|
By: Jamie Duckworth
In this article, Jamie shows us the solar kiln that he built using plans from Woodweb. He tells us some good and bad aspects of this design.
|Methods of Wood Drying|
By: Daniel Yourdon
In this article, Daniel gives us a great summary of all the different ways that you can use to dry your woodturning blanks.
|Drying Wood to Get Round Bowls: Round is Good|
By: Marty Kaminsky
In this article, Marty shows us how he created a drying box to dry his rough turned bowls. One clever aspect is how he gets it out of the way in his shop. If you're considering making your own drying kiln, then this is a must read article.
Marty also provides building and assembly instructions and you can find them by clicking here.
Click here for the dimensional drawing.
|Building a Wood Kiln, a Photo Journal|
By: Dennis Daudelin
In this article, I construct a large bowl kiln out of plywood. I use lights and temperature controls to dry rough turned bowls. The article is detailed enough to enable you to build you own.
|Alcohol soaking method for drying bowls|
By: Dave Smith
In this article, Dave explains the way to use alcohol to dry rough turned bowls while minimizing warping, splitting and cracking. He has done extensive experiments to determine the best way to dry your bowls using alcohol.
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Stainless Steel Pizza Cutter Turning Kit
On Sale for only $14.99
List price: $19.99
Cut any pizza quickly and with ease! Robust, well-balanced hardware 3X the weight of competing cutters and a sharp 4" diameter stainless steel blade make this kit a must have for pizza lovers. Simply make your own creative handle (not included) to complete your cutter with personalized flair. Kit includes a 5/16" threaded insert to attach the handle and to remove it for dishwasher cleaning.
Pizza/Pie Slice Server Turning Kit
On Sale for only $12.99
List Price: $17.99
The server makes the perfect companion for our Pizza Cutter Turning Kit (above, sold separately). Made from food-grade 304 stainless steel and attached to the handle (you turn) with an included 1/4-20 threaded insert.
Workbench Casters, 4 Pack
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $79.99
This set of four easy-spin 2-3/8" urethane casters feature a foot-activated lift mechanism that engages or disengages with the touch of your toe. Engage them to lift your bench 3/4" off the floor for mobility, disengage them for stability. Each caster is constructed of durable steel and rated for 100 lbs. - that's 400 lbs. of total capacity with the 4-pc. set!
Nova Mini Jaws Package
For only $139.99
List Price: $163.99
Get the complete suite of Nova mini jaws in one cost-saving package! The bundle consists of four sets of jaws: the Nova Mini 20mm Jaws, Nova Mini Spigot Jaws, Nova Mini Step Jaws and Nova 70mm Jaws. All are ideal for use with the Nova Precision Midi Chuck (#47447, sold separately) mounted on a mini or midi lathe. However, they also work on the larger Nova chucks, and with larger lathes.
Dust Right® Dust Separator
On Sale for only $59.99
List Price: $99.99
Turn any shop vacuum with a 2-1/4'' ID outlet into a 2-stage dust and chip separator. When used with most power tools and shop vacuums, the Dust Right® Separator captures sawdust, wood chips, and other debris before it enters your vacuum, preventing the loss of suction power caused by a clogged vacuum filter. The five-caster base makes it exceptionally stable and easy to maneuver around the shop. Plus, hoses connect inside the in/out ports, preventing unintentional disconnections. The Dust Right® Separator creates a cyclonic air flow that causes most wood dust particles and other materials that are heavier than air to separate, preventing them from being passed to the vacuum. The vortex effect that is created prevents the loss of suction caused by prematurely clogged filters
Micro Dust Air Filtration System
On Sale for only $599.99
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The PM1250 Air Filtration System employs an electrostatic filter that attracts and removes particles as small as 0.1 micron in size. It cycles the air in a 680 square foot space—the equivalent of an oversized 2-car garage—up to five times in a single hour. When set at the lowest setting, the system is about as quiet as a library, and when on high, it's quieter than normal conversation. Unlike most other air filtration systems, the PM1250 is portable and freestanding, meaning you can carry it to wherever filtration is most needed, then simply set it on the floor or the bench. The angle is adjustable using the knobs on the side of the unit. If you like, it can also be mounted to the wall or ceiling.
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