Tips on taking care of woods from Eisenbrand Exotic Hardwoods
If wood stability is an issue for your project, we recommend kiln-dried (kd) woods. KD woods have a lower moisture content than air-dried wood so they tend to be more stable and less prone to move or to develop checks or cracks. Most of our woods have been kiln dried, but some of our woods, namely our Rosewoods and Ebonies, are not kiln-dried. If we offer a wood that isn't kiln dried, mostly it is because the wood does not do well in the kiln. You can tell whether or not a wood has been kiln-dried by looking under the ad/kd column on the “stocklist” in our brochure (which we send out with every order attached to this tip sheet), or you can look on our website www.eisenbrandhardwoods.com. If working with a kiln dried wood is important to you, you can also simply ask us and we can inform you.
Stabilizing woods that haven't been kiln-dried can be tricky. Here are some tips. The first thing to do is to dry the wood in stages. That is, instead of working from beginning to end in one session, break up the process. For example, if you are turning pens, split the board down into two thinner boards. Wait a day or two then cut blanks. A day or two later rough the blanks out a bit. After that turn it down to a finished dimension and finish it. There's no rhyme or reason to how long to take, because every city is different, and times of the year are different in terms of humidity etc. Heck your work space/basement might have more moisture than your front office/upstairs. But if you make a process out of it instead of trying to do it all at once, odds are you won't have any problems.
In the process remember to seal freshly exposed surfaces (especially the ends), even if you are only away from your project for a short time. We recommend "AnchorSeal", especially if you are in mountains or desert, where humidity is low. The idea is to slow down the evaporation.
Store wood in a cool area. Avoid direct sunlight. Use new sandpaper and low machine speeds to help reduce surface friction and heat which causes surface cracks. Use successively finer grades of paper. If surface cracks should develop, repair them with "Hot Stuff" or Crazy Glue, available in any specialty wood or model store. "Babysitting" some of your air-dried woods in this manner will help raise yield.
If you're willing to be patient and to make a process of it, you will end up with works of art that will last a lifetime and longer.
Disclaimer: Our responsibility is to send wood that is one face 90% clear. Sometimes cracks will develop en route. Your responsibility is to take inventory and to inspect the wood as soon as you receive it, and to return the shipment (if that is what you want to do) in its entirety within seven days of receipt and upon approval from Eisenbrand Inc. Return shipping is at your expense. Restocking fees are 25%. On custom orders (such as when we have resawn from thicker to thinner boards on your behalf) we offer only credits toward future purchase, not refunds. Practice safe woodworking habits using dust mask, eye protection, and gloves to avoid injury. We accept no liability for use of our woods.
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