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My fiancé proposed to me at the base of a Persian Ironwood. I was able to get the arborist to send me a small piece of the tree about 1.5" diameter with length of 3" for the wedding band i would like to have fabricated for him. What is the best/fastest way to dry the wood without cracking it? I live in Raleigh, NC.

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Drying such a small piece quickly without cracking may be a problem. I will defer to more experienced members but you may want to put this away for a few years and then depending on how it ages have a ring or other keepsake made.
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Well, small pieces of wood 'can' be rapidly dried in a microwave. Not tried it myself, but there are numerous instructions on how to do it, on-line. However, there is always a however, I have not a clue if this would crack your wood or not. Only way to be sure would be to try it. I'd get another piece before I did tho, just in case.

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Do a google search on "Wood wedding rings"... pick out a couple of folks who make rings and give them a call. Someone should be willing to take your wood and make the ring out of it for you...This way you'd know it was done right..

Otherwise, Theo's suggestion on Microwaving the wood is about your only option if drying the wood out quickly is a must. Even at that, as he said, theres no guarantee..

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Do you know what the moisture content of the wood? Could it already be dry enough? I make ring boxes, but not rings so I'm no expert in that area. Malcolm / Kentucky USA
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Do a google search on "Wood wedding rings"... pick out a couple of folks who make rings and give them a call. Someone should be willing to take your wood and make the ring out of it for you...This way you'd know it was done right..

Otherwise, Theo's suggestion on Microwaving the wood is about your only option if drying the wood out quickly is a must. Even at that, as he said, theres no guarantee..
I thought the goal was to remove the moisture, not add it back into it right? I'm not familiar with the quick dry method of removing moisture from wood, so I'm trying to wrap in thoughts around this.

If you have stale bread, potato or corn chips, you pop them in the microwave, nuke it for a short time and it add moisture back in. I've done that before... So how does nuking green wood remove the moisture? I would think cooking it from the inside out would risk damage from too fast a change in the wood... and from internal steam damage.

Just a guess, but I would think a more plausible idea would be to use a small aluminum dehydrator, like my parents still have for dehydrating fruits and veggies...

That would be like putting it into a low humidity environment and not rush things that much. Not big enough for most work pieces, but would be big enough for something that small.

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Hey Mike.

I have absolutely no first hand experience with using a microwave to dry wood. However, I have read about it often enough and looked over numerous websites promoting the process. The process seems especially popular among wood turners.

the following link is just one perspective on the process:
Rex's Woodturning Site
Towards the bottom of that page, is a brief write-up on "how it works"

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