sealing wood #1: partial turning

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Blog entry by oledo posted 10-19-2013 06:05 PM 818 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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What do you turners use to seal green wood that you don’t finish in one setting and you don’t want penetration to keep it from splitting.

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 06:56 PM

There is more than one good way. I like to rough turn an item to a consistent thickness all round from green wood and then leave it in the moist shavings from the turning for a day or two and then put it in a paper bag and place it in a cool dry place for about 3 or 4 months. I only do this with face plate turnings. I turn end grain turnings to a finished thickness, so no waiting. The exception to this rule is when a turn bark edge bowls.

Dry wood can be turned to finish thickness in one go.

You can search for other methods on the net. Some put the rough turned items in home made kiln, others coat the end grain part with wax to slow down the drying process, and some dip in PEG to replace the moisture with the PEG. Some even microwave dry. No one method is perfect. I like my way because it is economical and once you get enough of them on backlog, you will not be wanting for finish turning blanks.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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