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Forum topic by UpstateNYdude posted 06-05-2013 01:05 AM 1110 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2013 01:05 AM

Just curious what anyone out there uses for sealing the ends of logs or their boards they cut from green logs, my neighbor just cut down a big old maple and I am going to wedge split it tomorrow and then seal the ends till I get my planer and jointer later this month.

I would prefer something easily bought at a big box but if its really good I’ll order it to save this piece from checking.

-- Nick, “I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.” – Vincent Van Gogh

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#1 posted 06-05-2013 01:07 AM

Latex paint….. Box stores often have mis-colored batches they sell cheap.

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#2 posted 06-05-2013 01:09 AM

Anchor Seal is a good option, though not as easy to find. I believe it has wax in it.

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 02:38 AM

Anchorseal is the best by far. It is a wax emulsion that is water soluble. You can order it at I have found latex paint to be marginal. You could also go to the grocery store and buy a pack of canning wax. It is paraffin wax. Gulf wax is the brand down here in the South. Melt it in a double boiler. Quicker than ordering anchorseal, but much more messy.

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