Might work. But, a few minutes in a low heat (250°) oven would be safer. Trapped moisture in a microwave could be disastrous.
the more gooder way...Might work. But, a few minutes in a low heat (250°) oven would be safer. Trapped moisture in a microwave could be disastrous.
Hot items can separate laminate and the base material or melt an acrylic as Corian. Put the wood on a wire rack to cool all sides.Place the wood on the counter to release the steam.
I have read that microwaving the green wood,think of turning wood, kills the kills the boring critters that will tend to keep on eating while the wood is air drying.I have never wanted, needed, or tried, to dry wood in a microwave. But when I first heard about that, I did a lot of reading on it. Forgot 99% of what I found out, but do recall that some of the wood was put in a paper bag with sawdust in it, then covered with sawdust, and dried in the microwave, don't recall any details. Seems to me that was used for green wood. What I do know is, if I wanted to dry wood with a microwave, I'd do a lot of reading of material posted by people who had actually done it. You'll also read about the mistakes many made learning how to do it.
However, it is most likely the wood is totally, ruined if it feels damp after 5 years, and utterly worthless to use. Your best bet is to forward it to me, for appropriate sacrifice to the Woodworking Gods - I am a High Priest, and will take care of all details. There is a time window on proper sacrifices, so send it quickly.
Kiddies, do not try this at home.
They sound like popcorn on their way out...I have read that microwaving the green wood,think of turning wood, kills the kills the boring critters that will tend to keep on eating while the wood is air drying.
I have used the microwave to dry turnings. Don't overheat the wood, it should be warm but not hot, use short periods in the microwave and pull it out and weigh it, record the results. Let it cool then heat it again, weigh it and record the results. when it comes out the same weight or close stop the process and let it acclimate to the surroundings.I’ve seen a wood technologist check samples for moisture content by microwaving for 20 seconds at a time I think and then weighing it. When it stops loosing weight it’s dry.
I think Gary is right. I looked at the wood I prepared and it seems as dry as a piece could get and now cuts just fine. It might have been that it was out in the rain for a few days and wasn't really green. I noticed yesterday that there were more 5/4 and 6/4 boards in the burn pile. I just don't have room for any more wood but I really hate to see it burned upArt, Chances are the wood is dry enough after 5 years. Acclimate for a week or two, then use it. Or make sure with a moisture meter. A moisture meter will give you a reading on that side of the lumber (not the entire thickness). Once the lumber is shaved to thickness...it will release tension if it has a lot of moisture. I say see what happens.