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Plastic Wrap Moisture Tip

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by Phil Colson

If you are a new turner or an old hand at turning, there are times when you can't complete the turning on the lathe. The problem is that you have been spinning your work and drying the outside fibers. When you come back to the work it is no longer round and maybe cracked, depending on how long you were away. I'm not talking about going into the house for a cup of coffee. I had to leave a hollow form on the lathe to be finished the next day. I knew if I didn't keep the moisture in the wood I may not be able to finish the piece. Thinking cap on (an old bicycle cap), I thought about how you keep moisture in while cooking: you wrap it!

Into the house for the plastic wrap. I wrapped the piece and when I came back to work on it later, it was still round and no cracks.

Try it. It works for me.

Phil can be reached directly via email at woodturnerphil@gmail.com .

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