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Forum topic by Woodworker101 posted 09-17-2014 06:59 AM 854 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-17-2014 06:59 AM

Hi LJ’s,

I just recently got given a whole bunch of Camphor Laurel logs from a friend of my. The logs have started to crack on the ends. I’m just wondering can I coat the ends with ordinary cabinet makers wax to seal the ends or do I need a particular product?

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#1 posted 09-17-2014 11:47 AM

Wax will work. The best commercially available product is called anchorseal from

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#2 posted 09-17-2014 12:27 PM

Good advise from WDHL, Anchorseal is probably the best product out there. Just don’t feel something is wrong if cracks still appear. Some woods will do that, but it will slow it down quite a bit. Your cabinet wax should also work , just don’t have any experience with it. Good luck and save them logs.

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#3 posted 09-17-2014 12:34 PM

I use a product called Anchor Seal . It is a sealer with wax in suspension and it flows on real good and then dries hard like wax. Once I tried melting candles and coating the ends with liquid wax and that seemed to stay on better and work better than paint that I used before.
I just cleaned out the barn and sorted all the logs I had in there and not coated. Many split all the way and I made three hauler loads of firewood to the back of the yard.! The more recent ones I coated fared pretty well!

Give’em a go with the wax, Mate!.................Cheers, Jim

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 05:19 PM

I use Anchorseal as well, dry wood sucks it up like a sponge; I use a paint brush to apply, a paint roller for larger logs. If the wood is wet/fresh, it covers well with a minimal amount. I have used spray paint, but it only works if you have the time to put on 3 or 4 coats, and thick ones at that. Wax would work well if you can apply it in a liquid state. Anchorseal tends to go away after a year or so, I don ‘t know why so a person needs to cut up the wood in reasonable time. There are alternative products as well, but I have not used one. If the cracks are not too deep they will close up after coating; of course they are still there, but they won’t go any deeper.

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