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Finish-Drying Stands

After applying finish to a woodturning, the item has to be placed somewhere to dry on something with minimal surface contact. I have made drying stand from dowels, nails, wires, and similar objects, but with mixed results and satisfaction. Items often did not balance correctly, or there was too much surface contact, or whatever I had set up was not the proper size for what I needed. In addition, any system I used took up too much storage space.

All of these problems disappeared when I began using short lengths of bandsaw blades as drying stands. Just cut an old bandsaw blade into short sections using tin snips or wire cutters. Bend those segments into V shapes, and arrange the segments as needed to support your objects. The points of the bandsaw blades provide minimal contact with the wood, yet the V’s are stable and can be placed in any configuration and spacing required. Dozens of these stands can be stored in a small box.

Another advantage of this application is finally discovering a reason to save all those old bandaw blades that are too dull to use but too good to discard.

~Hershel Miller

Millington, Tennessee


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