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Green wood cracking!

Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Hamid, Nov 23, 2021.

By Hamid on Nov 23, 2021 at 4:17 AM
  1. Hamid

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    Dear Friends,
    Few weeks ago, I found a branch on the side of the road.
    The branch was still green, I cut 2 forks hoping to make PFS out of them.
    I removed the barks and put the forks in the trunk of my car to dry.
    Now they are almost dry but full of big cracks :fp:
    Is there something that I had to do to prevent them from cracking or it's just a bad luck?

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Discussion in 'General Slingshot Talk' started by Hamid, Nov 23, 2021.

    1. thehappyhippy

      thehappyhippy Veteran Member Staff Member Moderator Supporting Member Admin

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      If your cutting green Ys it's best to cut them extra long so u can cut off the ends when they dry . Also some people put wax on the ends
      Dont be discouraged with those forks you have. mix some to part epoxy with some colored chalk dust an fill the cracks . It will turn out nice
       
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      Yep I agree with THH . I tried the car trunk to same thing happened. Leave bark on find a dry spot let the sit for a while . You can us microwave to put fork a paper bag and give it 30 second cycles letting it cool 1/2 between . But you need pay close attention when it’s getting dry . The wood will start burning from inside out and smoking pretty good trust me on this one lol I messed a few up
       
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    3. Devils son in law

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      As Smitty said...... I'll put the fork in a zip lock bag (to capture the moisture) and pop it in the microwave for 30 seconds. As it cools to room temp, dry out the bag. Once cool, put it back in the bag and go another 30 seconds......

      Once there's no moisture in the bag after cooking, you can be sure it's dry. I usually go about 12 cycles
       
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    4. Hamid

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      @thehappyhippy thank you for your answer.
      Will putting wax on the ends prevent cracking?
      Love the epoxy and colored chalk dust idea, I will give it a try (Thank you)
       
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    6. Hamid

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      @Smitty, thank you bother for your answer.
      Why leaving the bark on?
      I thought removing the barks will help the evaporation of moisture.
      Thank you for the microwave suggestion.
      I had a similar experience with microwave too.
      I'm interested in bush crafting, years ago I was learning hand drilling for making fire.
      some gentleman in you tube was instructing that the material that you use for hand drill must be bone dry.
      I tried to bone dry a yucca stalk in microwave, not a good idea that thing SMOKES :fp:
      Now imagine this happened in an apartment that I was sharing with 3 other friends :egg:
       
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      @Devils son in law, thank you for your answer.
      I like to give it a try, I just need a few shots of whiskey to become brave enough :)
       
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    10. Devils son in law

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      It's 30 seconds.....you're not going to burn down your house in that amount of time. But yes, drink whiskey!!
       
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    11. Hamid

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      I know.
      I'm not scared of burning the house.
      I'm scared of my wife.
       
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      Hamid, I've used the microwave method with fresh cut live, bark on forks but used the defrost setting and just placed the fork on a few paper towels folded over. Worked perfectly for me.

      Adjust accordingly to get six min cycles first...mine would pause intermittently throughout the cycle to flip the fork over and inspect for cracks forming. Once the six minutes cycle was complete, I'd put it on the counter to cool off a bit before zapping it again. I'd repeat this whole process probably four(?) times, (but not always one-after-the-other), until I felt it was dry enough to work on.
      As advised above, keep an eye on it, don't leave it.
      Good luck!
      Tim
       
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    13. Bishop

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      Take a scroll ssw cut down the crack use Gorilla glue the foaming kind cut some strips of colored paper and wet glue paper one at a time and put it back together zip tie the fork together until the glue drys and start sanding down pin in place with bamboo Skewers dip in water and then Gorilla glue when dryer sand it down again and coat with super glue
       
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      Tim, thanks a lot for your answer :tu:
       
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      @Bishop, thanks a lot you for your answer.
      I can imagine the finished work must look beautiful :tu:
       
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      Ain't we all[emoji27][emoji27]

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    17. cpu_melt_down

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      If you go the route of natural drying...

      I think the bark helps to "constrain" the fork from cracking.

      Early on, I collected a very nice wild cherry fork from a downed limb on the side of the road.

      I removed the bark and set it to dry; I was horrified to find a few days later how the fork had cracked all to heck.

      That's when I searched the forum for advice.

      Like mentioned above: cut long, seal ends, keep bark, and slowly dry.

      And watch out for the bugs; I've had more than a few get infested while drying.
       
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    18. Smitty

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      I think cherry one them funny woods I had some that had bin down couple years but laying in grass . Couple days after being in shop just cracked right up was strangest thing .
       
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      @cpu_melt_down thanks a lot for your answer.
       
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