Ordering wood blanks

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Ordering wood blanks

Postby Derrick C. » Fri Jul 19, 2013 8:03 pm

How dry does the blank need to be in order for it to be turned? How long does it take to dry one out?
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Re: Ordering wood blanks

Postby awingert » Sat Jul 20, 2013 12:41 am

For callmaking purposes I'd aim for less than 10% moisture content...Ideally 7-8%. Any wetter and you'll get movement, cracking, finish failures, bands popping off, etc.

Do yourself a favor and only buy dried wood if you can help it. That way the liability of drying wood (and the inevitable loss of some material that will occur) is not your burden. A rule of thumb for freshly cut wood blanks with the end grain waxed is one year of indoor drying per inch of blank thickness. It varies from wood to wood, but that's a solid rule of thumb.
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Re: Ordering wood blanks

Postby Trevor Shannahan » Sat Jul 20, 2013 7:55 am

Yup 6-8%.

Try to find kiln dried stuff so you know it's dry
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Re: Ordering wood blanks

Postby Derrick C. » Sat Jul 20, 2013 11:24 am

Thank ya. Just ordered a few blanks and ready to do a few customs. Stuck with some dense woods for the option of getting insert as well. Wish me luck.
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