Topic: profiling/soaking/DIY easels
I was profiling at around .035 inches at the collar and decided to add a little more thickness for added stability in forming. I added about .004 in height to the ramp on my profiler. I usually profile after the cane has soaked for 2 days in distilled water, changing the water after day 1. However, I was not able to get to profiling after 2 days so I waited another day, and when I measured the cane after, I found that it was approximately 0.032 in the back!
My first question is, after the cane sinks in the water, isn't it already fully saturated, or does more soaking time make it expand even more (thereby shrinking even more after drying)?
My second question is regarding buying wooden dowels for drying gouged/profiled cane. I have purchased a 1-inch diameter dowel and a 1 1/8 inch as well. Any thoughts as to which would be better?
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