Did I just ruin my apple wood?

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Forum topic by Tanng posted 03-29-2012 03:01 AM 1383 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2012 03:01 AM

I am very new to wood work. I became interested when I decided I wanted to make something special out of a cut branch from our sacred family apple tree. I cut the branch into several small logs that average about 6 inches to a foot long and they’re each around 3 inches thick. Small logs, small project, lol.. I’m still not sure what I want to make. Maybe a chess set or something.

I have them on my porch drying out. After a couple of days I noticed spliting at the ends, so I did some internet surfing and learned about sealing the ends to prevent the spliting. I was in a rush, so I used this stuff that was a mix of stain and varnish. I noticed that the ends sucked it up like a straw. Now I’m afraid that the stain might have traveled through the logs from end to end destroying the natural color inside. So… My big question is: Did the stain travel through the log???? I’d hate to have to cut one in half to find out if I just ruined this once in a 15 year opportunity.

EDIT: I used some melted beeswax yesterday to seal the ends. I’m sure that will do the trick. Next time I’ll use the right stuff.

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 06:18 AM

It will travel a little ways, maybe 1/4 or 3/8 inch. No, you didn’t ruin the wood. Just make sure you sticker and keep it off the ground/deck.

-- Rick M,

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 11:36 AM

Don’t let it dry too fast or it will split and check. Put it outside under a shed or on a back porch and make sure air is free to circulate on all sides (don’t put it against the side of a building). Don’t try to dry inside because the humidity is too low and it will dry too fast and split.

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#3 posted 03-31-2012 02:26 PM

i’ve been using “OLYMPIC MAXIMUM” solid color deck stain(very thick and creamy) doesent matter what color… bought from LOWES …apply a couple very thick coats…and that has been working great for me!

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#4 posted 03-31-2012 02:30 PM

All you need to do is paint the ends with a latex paint…your choice of color…...

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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