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gfadvm

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10-10-2014 03:48 PM

I sawed this yesterday and was wondering what would happen if I put a few coats of shellac, Spar, or Poly on it.

Warp, crack, twist?

Couldn’t decide whether to ask here or the finishing forum.

Thanks for looking.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm


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toddbeaulieu

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 03:52 PM

What a strange idea!

I would think that THEORETICALLY if you could 100% seal wet wood it could never warp or crack because that’s caused by the stress of uneven drying.

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OldWrangler

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#2 posted 10-10-2014 04:00 PM

Pretty piece of wood. I definitely wouldn’t put on a finish that might discolor the wood. Most polys tend to amber up on successive coats. I have started using Rustoleum Crystal Clear. It’s some kind of poly but leaves no color. I hope that piece of cedar goes into a special project.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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ralbuck

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#3 posted 10-10-2014 04:39 PM

I think that is worth the try. Please keep us informed!

Cedar is so pretty; I hope it turns out for you.

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 10-10-2014 05:21 PM

I sawed this yesterday and was wondering what would happen if I put a few coats of shellac, Spar, or Poly on it.

It would be just as ugly; maybe more so.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 10-10-2014 05:30 PM

I don’t think it will hurt anything Andy. It will definitely slow down the drying, maybe so slow that it will be better in the end. It may also be more likely to shed that coating.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 10-10-2014 05:33 PM

I can’t speak for the cedar, but I coated some fresh black locust I cut on the bandsaw with lacquer about 3 weeks ago and no signs of cracks or warping yet. It was fairly wet. I was also afraid of mold growing too but still looks like a new board.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 10-10-2014 05:51 PM

Coyotes do not like any kind of finish.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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longgone

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#8 posted 10-10-2014 06:07 PM

I would leave it natural and let it do its thing. I have some cypress knees I cut many years ago and never sealed it and none of it cracked or waprred

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CharlesA

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#9 posted 10-10-2014 06:20 PM

For Clint

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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patron

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#10 posted 10-10-2014 06:54 PM

how to post the pic itself andy
just add an apostrophe (!) to the front and end of your link

tight to the link no spaces

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 10-10-2014 07:11 PM

Bill, That finish shedding was my concern!

David, You have taught me another trick! Thanks! Now if I can just remember it next time….........

Clint’s comments are always sooo helpful.

Sounds like doubleD is the only one who has done something similar (and it worked!)

Wrangler, That sapwood will amber no matter what in my experience and the heartwood will brown somewhat as well regardless of the finish (or lack thereof). I wasn’t going to use it in a project. Just leave it like nature made it (maybe put a base on it).

I’m leaning towards leaving it as is unless someone weighs in and convinces me otherwise.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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grizzman

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#12 posted 10-10-2014 07:15 PM

hey clint, you must have started early sucking on your lemon….predictable comment…..i might send you a case of more lemons, would hate to see you not stay consistant….oh no, sure wouldnt… what a beautiful piece of cedar, ive got some gorgeous cedar im working with today…lots of creamy white all mixed in with the red….its stunning….hear that clint…stunning…unlike your comment…i vote for a name change…sourpuss clint…how many votes do i get….:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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patron

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#13 posted 10-10-2014 07:39 PM

andy
you can ‘edit’ this post
and just add the ! to the link
then the pic will be part of the post
and not just a link
(many might not clik it
to go look)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 10-10-2014 07:51 PM

David, It worked!!!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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patron

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#15 posted 10-10-2014 08:14 PM

miracle !

and in jenks
no less

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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