Wood Drying

Drying wood is an integral part of the turner's art.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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!

 

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.

 

Reducing Checking in Green Wood with Wax Emulsion Sealers
By: Steve Russell

 

Brands and Sources of Alcohol for Wood Drying
By: Dave Smith

 

Building a Wood Kiln, a Photo Journal
By: Dennis Daudelin

 

Drying Wood to Get Round Bowls: Round is Good
By: Marty Kaminsky

 

Drying Wood to Get Round Bowls: Drying Box Building and Assembly Instructions
By: Marty Kaminsky

 

Drying Wood to Get Round Bowls: Drying Box Dimensions
By: Marty Kaminsky

 

Drying Wood to Get Round Bowls: Drying Box Construction Sketch
By: Marty Kaminsky

 

Methods of Wood Drying
By: Daniel Yourdon

 

Home built solar kiln
By: Woodweb

 

Boiling Wood to dry it (PDF format)
By: Bill Noble

 

How to Build a Low Cost Kiln
By: Irish Woodturners Guild Journal Publication

 

Microwave Drying
By: Marshall Garrow

 

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!

 

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