Woodturning Apricot Bowl – Rough Turn Green and Microwave Dry Before Finishing

With this bowl, I’m starting with Apricot harvested recently.  It is still very green or wet. I will microwave this bowl to see if the microwave will speed up the process and provide some “instant gratification”.

Alas, no luck with this wood turning project. Microwave drying even at 20% power produced disappointing checks and cracks in the bowl blank. To add insult to injury, the microwave only reduced moisture content by about 11%. There’s too much moisture left to risk finish turning this bowl.

So, I’ll relegate it to the paper sack and let it season as I should have in the first place.  I’ll finish it in a couple of months and see what can be salvaged.

Patience does have its place when working with green wood.

2 Responses to “Woodturning Apricot Bowl – Rough Turn Green and Microwave Dry Before Finishing”

  1. Vince says:

    How did you measure the moister in the wood?

    • Alan says:

      I am weighing the bowl periodically and recording the weights. Some material I read gave a range of moisture content of various woods. If I recall correctly, many ranged around 30%.
      But the real measure will be when the bowl stops losing weight. After a few bowls of each wood, then I will have a good target weight loss.