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Posted on My wood is too dry.

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 05:09 PM

What you are describing is within the nature of cedar.
If you treat the cedar BEFORE it becomes too dry with a penetrating oil such as linseed (BLO) or tung oil, this can help keep the cedar pliable. However, cedar sometimes contains natural chemicals that cause these oils to dry (polymerize) much slower than usual.

Note: I have cedar objects in my home made by my grandfather more than sixty years ago. Cedar is a tradition in our family.

You might try oiling the cedar and see what happens. I have had limited success in resurrecting old cedar this way. First, oiling then shellacking. Note: You will lose the cedar smell if you finish both sides. You can purchase cedar oil to freshen the smell or use new cedar to line your project(s).

Good luck, Tenzin.

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