Woodturning an Oak Log Bowl

40 minutes in the microwave turns this fresh cut wood into a sweet oval shape! It is fresh cut oak finished with linseed oil. I believe in the responsible use of trees. This log was from a tree that blew down in a storm and was saved from burning. My method is to microwave on […]

40 minutes in the microwave turns this fresh cut wood into a sweet oval shape! It is fresh cut oak finished with linseed oil. I believe in the responsible use of trees. This log was from a tree that blew down in a storm and was saved from burning. My method is to microwave on high for 2 minutes and then let it cool for 2. I keep doing that until it stops loosing weight and no longer has a ‘moist heat’ feel to it. The wood should loose at least 30-35% of it weight during the process. The bowl should be left out for a day or two before finishing. I’ll make a video about it eventually. Beware if you do it too much the microwave can actually char the bowl. The most important factors to keep the bowl from cracking is a uniform wall thickness and no pithy center wood.

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