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Forum topic by davyj posted 03-27-2016 05:37 PM 674 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2016 05:37 PM

I have been given a couple peices of “green” Norflok Island pine and am wanderinng if what I see happenoing to the stuff,looking lke a mold, in the inner walls that we have turned, is instead a type of spalt ? and is there a particular thing we should be doing to slow the drying and cracking process?

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 06:17 PM

Remove the pith and seal the ends with latex paint or wax.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 07:31 PM

Hope you can find some useful information here.

Have seen Norfolk pine turned with pith & without, since already rough tuned might try spraying knots and or pith with rattle can lacquer or other clear finish. Would not spray entire piece just pith & knots.
Spalting & stain common with Norfolk pine so think I prefer paper bag(s) to plastic. Store out of the weather in an area with good air circulation.

Most Pine more forgiving leaving the pith in and does not always crack the way most hardwoods will. Posted few examples of items with pith in on my project page.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 03-28-2016 02:45 AM

Norfolk Island Pine – soak the knots with oil, then turn start to finish, soaking with oil as you turn. Turn down to 1/4 inch or less, then cover/dunk in oil for 3 days or more. Remove from oil and let dry for a long as it takes. I know this sounds like a lot of work, but it’s worth it. When you are finished, you will be able to see light through the walls.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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