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Offline Mad Dog Stafford

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Wood Grips
« on: September 25, 2015, 09:28:13 AM »
As some of you know, I have one peach tree in the front yard. I going to trim it soon here. I was just wondering if peach wood would be good for grips...anyone try this before?

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2015, 10:15:23 AM »
No idea. I say try it and let us know how it works?
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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2015, 01:16:30 PM »
How long should I let the peach wood dry out for?

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2015, 05:37:13 PM »
Several months at least.
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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2015, 06:16:27 PM »
Sam,  green wood (freshly cut) is usually dried in a kiln or seasoned (air dried).   Kiln drying takes several days or weeks.  Seasoning usually a year depending on size.   The trimmed parts of your peach tree will be mostly sap wood and not good for anything but firewood.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2015, 03:32:00 AM »
Thanks Mike. I didn't know that.  ;)

Maybe next year, I can cut off a bigger limb for a better part.  L@.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2015, 05:49:44 AM »
I air dried walnut that was harvested from our yard. That was 8-10+ years ago. Around here, the consensus is one year of drying per inch of thickness. I will be starting again with some more fresh-cut walnut in a few weeks.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2015, 06:53:46 AM »
Mazo,  I guess Wisconsin humidity has something to do with that.   We don't have much Walnut here but at an average 15-20% humidity it won't take a year per inch here unless it's a very thick piece.   I have dried 10 inch mesquite I got from Texas in about a year and a half.   The key is slow drying and checking moisture content until it's ready.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2015, 02:59:25 AM »
Typically, when I dry wood, I put it in the rafters of my garage and go about my other projects and maybe day to day life.  % or 15 years later when I am looking for something else, a piece of wood will fall from the rafters and whack me on the head.  I figure it is dry and use it for whatever strikes my fancy.  I have never used peach but apple is a very pretty grain and makes for good carving.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2015, 11:02:13 AM »
Mike, I'm sure the humidity has a lot to do with air-drying. That's why I said "around here"; other parts of the country would have differing times. A few years ago we were visiting my son in Castle Rock, we live at about 1000 feet above sea level. Every morning we were there, my wife would blow blood out of her nose.

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2015, 03:24:41 PM »
Yeah Mazo,   we are the epitome of "High and Dry". 

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2015, 08:45:02 AM »
You could get some California Peach wood. We grow everything dry here because of the drought (7+"

I have read about wood workers drying green wood in a micro-wave oven. You have to be careful not to dry it too quickly. I dried some oak I was going to turn down for the end plug on a powder horn I was fooling with. I got a likely piece from the wood pile, stuck it in the micro-wave and dried it. I turned down what I thought was a beautiful base plug. I carved it and had it fitted to the horn. I was admiring my work and thinking about other woods to dry. I left the horn with the mounted base plug sit out over night on a shelf. The next day I went to get the horn to work on it and the oak plug had a split in it like the continental divide. ^j)  I dried a second piece of oak in the micro-wave, taking my time. That one came out very well. I turned it to replace the split base in the horn. I did not apply any finish to the wood. I fitted it to the horn and have left it for over two years now. No problems with it cracking. 8)

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Re: Wood Grips
« Reply #12 on: October 19, 2015, 03:11:16 PM »
For a piece of wood for a horn base or a bowl, etc., the micro wave would probably work OK. But for longer pieces that need planing, the microwave would be about the minimum length needed