Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Too dry Basswood

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Too dry Basswood

    I started a carving a stick of basswood and it carved fine with the grain but going against the grain proved impossible. My tools and knives were sharp but it simply would not hold an edge. It just crumbled and broke loose. The piece of wood was very light weight and it got me to wondering if the wood was simply too dry. Can basswood get too dry to carve?

  • #2
    Re: Too dry Basswood

    sounds like its not basswood, did you purchase it? I myself have never ran into that but it would interesting to see what everyone has to say.

    Comment


    • #3
      Re: Too dry Basswood

      I had that problem with a piece of tulip popular, it was like there were 'soft spots' inside the stick.
      My Site Missouri Ozarks

      Comment


      • #4
        Re: Too dry Basswood

        Sounds to me like not only is it too dry, but you may have rot in it. If it is crumbling like that, it sounds more like rot than dryness. Dryness shouldn't be too much of a problem, it still should carve okay, but the finish may end up duller than you might like. If it is rot, get rid of the piece and start over with a fresh piece of wood.

        Bob

        Comment


        • #5
          Re: Too dry Basswood

          I agree sound like just a bad piece of wood for what it cost I would just fire it (No pun intended) into the wood pile. It is only a piece of wood and the frustration you may get trying to carve it is not worth it. I can also understand if you are somewhat into the carving sometimes it is hard to throw it away. I have never had that problem with bass wood so it sounds like you just got a bum piece.
          Colin

          Comment


          • #6
            Re: Too dry Basswood

            I had that problem with one large piece of Basswood that I got in trade for doing a retirement gift. They had bought it from a lumber yard that normally doesn't sell Basswood. I think it had been stored for a few years in a very hot dry environment and had dried right out. It was very light in weight and carved fine except when it came to fine details. It was almost like carving hard chalk. I sprayed it with water and let it sit for a while and that seemed to help.

            Comment


            • #7
              Re: Too dry Basswood

              The experience you describe actually sounds alot like when I tried to carve cotton wood, it was the same way and I threw it out before I finished. I have not experienced basswood ever getting really light. Air dried usually seems lighter than kiln dried, but neither are really light. If youre sure it was basswood, then dry rot is probably the culprit indeed.
              I Cut It Six Times And It's Still Too Short!!!

              Comment


              • #8
                Re: Too dry Basswood

                You're describing a farily common problem with basswood. If you check the growth rings, you may find the worst of the 'crumbling' is in the center of the log. The wood is more like cork. If you can dent it easily with your fingernail, it's bad and isn't going to get better. CSO (cheerfully start over).

                Comment


                • #9
                  Re: Too dry Basswood

                  FYI. Finally ------- Just got my new comptuter and got on line. Wow , never thought it would happen. Good to read the messages. Big Al

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Re: Too dry Basswood

                    you may try spraying it with alcohol in a sray bottle. Spray, carve,spray, carve. I have some Basswood that sounds like what you have and HI HO(Dave) suggested doing that and it helped. Rubbing alcohol
                    Try it. What do you have to lose.

                    Best wishes
                    Safety first, then enjoy carving! Ken Caney, Ks

                    Comment

                    Unconfigured Ad Widget

                    Collapse

                    Latest Topics

                    Collapse

                    • axor
                      Reply to Shawl pins
                      by axor

                      Yes, they can be used for hair. If they are made a little larger than the original, the shawl pins will work great in the hair!...
                      Today, 03:21 PM
                    • handibunny
                      Reply to EX dust collection holes screwed up a project.!
                      by handibunny
                      Rolf, smaller bowl-cutting angles, 30˚ or less, usually don't present a problem either with vibration or for cutting into the table. It's when you get into the 40˚ and 45˚ range that things get dicey for both. (The Seyco saw doesn't even cut bevels greater than 35˚ or so!) If you add even a slight...
                      Today, 09:21 AM
                    • Bill Wilson
                      Reply to EX dust collection holes screwed up a project.!
                      by Bill Wilson
                      I've done some bevel cutting on my EX-21 as well and also have not experienced any added vibration, nor have I cut into the table. Perhaps I haven't cut at a steep enough angle, but the existing blade hole has been sufficient. I do despise the useless vacuum holes, but I've learned to live with them...
                      Today, 09:06 AM
                    • cwmagee
                      Reply to EX dust collection holes screwed up a project.!
                      by cwmagee
                      Carole Your hole size was a concern when I purchased the Pegas Replacement Table for my EX21, because I had cut into the side of hole on the original table, The damage I did to the old table was due to the blade adjustments were not in the center of blade holders. So far that has not been an issue...
                      Today, 08:40 AM
                    • Rolf
                      Reply to EX dust collection holes screwed up a project.!
                      by Rolf
                      That is an interesting point Carole. I have done some bevel cutting on the EX and can't say that I have experienced an increase in vibration or any problems with following the lines. I know when I cut one of your bowl designs on my Hawk I really had to concentrate on not pushing down hill....
                      Today, 07:28 AM
                    Working...
                    X