Originally Posted by Barncaster
I was ready to chuck it in the fireplace but I was reading an article on toasting Maple today. It said it must be performed in an inert vacuum and there is a steam reintroduction phase.... yadda, yadda, yadda. I threw it in the oven @ 375 for an hour and a half and it darkened up a bit. There was no twisting or warping. Nothing dramatic but looks like and older piece of wood now. The darker color will go with the mahogany body better. I'll do a tap tone on the new blank to see if there is a noticeable difference. Now that the old blank has cooled, it rings like a bell. We will see.
That is VERY interesting. I just wondered: Do you have a rather large oven? I don't think I would be able to fit a whole neck into ours.
I also wonder: Does it get drier as well? Does it weigh less after this process?
And ultimately: Do you think this can be used on body wood as well to speed up the drying process?