Green Woodturning Techniques – Alcohol Soak & Walnut Oil Finish

I’m experimenting with two techniques for my woodturning: one for drying wet or green wood; one for finishishing.

For drying a bowl after rough turning the bowl blank, I’m using denatured alcohol (DNA) for an overnight soak, then drying the bowl in a controlled environment such as a brown paper bag.

For finishing, I’m following a practice I saw at Mike Mahoney’s shop — soaking the finished project in walnut oil expecting deeper penetration of the oil into the wood.

As these are experimental techniques, I welcome comments and suggestions.

For both processes, I’m using large plastic bowls with lids to hold and store the alcohol or oil.

Comments are closed.