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richardarichard

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08-02-2010 06:56 AM

how would u preserve it? daddy and i fished it out of the river about 25 yrs ago. it’s a large grapefruit sized ball of cedar. i’ve never done anything to it. there’s always been a large crack across the top that seems to be widening and i can no longer smell the cedar. i want to preserve it best i can. just some kind of deck sealer? is there something that would be better?

if any1 has any ideas, i’d appreciate it.

thx,
richard


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#1 posted 08-02-2010 09:58 AM

1st, Welcome to LJ!!

The gurus may have other ideas, but I would just use lindseed oil.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 10:21 AM

yeah? i must confess to not knowing anything about linseed. can i just buy it in a can? can i just brush it on? i’m not getting many responses, but it’s a serious question :) this thing is 25 yrs old and of a lot of sentimental value. i wanna seal it up the best way possible.

thx man,
richard

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#3 posted 08-02-2010 10:47 AM

It is almost 2 AM Pacific time, the rest of the US will wake up pretty soon :-)) I’m sure you will get some.

You can buy it any where that sells paint, ect. Just brush it on, May take a few days to fullly dry. It will seal and add resilence to the wood. Try it on some scrap and see if you like it. You might want to try something like wipe on poly too. Try them on a piece of scrap wood and see what you think before you put it on your ball. BTW, don’t you feel a bit guilty but stealing the beaver’s toy?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 05:31 PM

This is for inside? Boiled linseed oil would give it a nice look. wipe it on, wipe it off. I’m not sure if that or any other finish would protect if from checking further. A photo might help along with a description of where you are displaying it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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richardarichard

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 05:51 PM

yo, topmax. ‘BTW, don’t you feel a bit guilty about stealing the beaver’s toy?’. lol…not even a little bit, brother. no telling how many logs that sucker dropped that i had to pull the boat over :) .

anyway, thx man. i’m gonna try the linseed. it’s a real neat piece that is, except for the ‘separation point’, covered in beaver teeth marks. i’ve toted it around for 25 yrs and not paid much attention to it. but, like i said, i noticed that that big crack seems to be getting bigger and figured i better do something. i appreciate your input.

thx also to swirt. what does boiling the linseed oil do?

thx again fellas,
richard

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 05:52 PM

Linseed oil works real well on shovel and wood tool handles. Can’t imagine it wouldn’t work for cedar too. Good advice on the scrap wood test, be sure it’s cedar. Some darkening and gloss will develop. The checking is loss of moisture and wood shrinkage. Not a lot can be done with that but oil should help.
Good luck, BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 06:00 PM

Shellac…

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 06:05 PM

Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) is not something you need to do to it. When you buy it that is usually what you are getting (it will say so on the can). The Boiling makes it so the oil cures faster (days instead of months).

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 06:19 PM

‘Boiled Linseed Oil (BLO) is not something you need to do to it. When you buy it that is usually what you are getting (it will say so on the can)’. oops…showing my inexperience. thx, neighbor. going to lowe’s here shortly. i’ll make sure to look for that. thx again, man…..really appreciate y’all’s advice.

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