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10-14-2014 08:02 PM

I’m venturing into a new area of woodturning – collecting my own green wood, and have a question as I begin. In the past few weeks I’ve had the opportunity to collect some wood from friends and family. Eventually I’ll be working this into bowls, but with the quantity and my time availability, some of this stuff will not be touched for quite a while.

What are some of the products that you guys use to seal the endgrain of green wood?

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 08:16 PM

There is always Anchorseal (available online and through numerous woodworking supply outfits.

Some guys use melted paraffin wax (the kind you find in grocery stores for canning).

I have used latex house paint on some pieces, but lately have been using a product from a local company (Velvit Products, Neenah, Wisconsin).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 02:04 PM

I also use Anchorseal (Craft Supplies USA calls their product Artisan Woodsealer) and have had great success with it. A gallon cost $20 – $25 but it goes a LONG way and will seal many, many pieces of green wood.


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#3 posted 10-22-2014 03:20 AM

If you’re careful and do it outside, gently playing a propane torch over a block of parafin (or used candles from your church if you can stand the aromas) applied to the surface of end grain is very effective and very fast.

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#4 posted 10-22-2014 03:31 PM

I can tell you shellac doesn’t work well. Latex paint is better if you glob it on. Those are the only products I’ve tried.

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#5 posted 10-22-2014 06:19 PM

One of the woodworking magazines had a formula for a wood preservative once, said take a quart of linseed oil, add to paint thinner, and melt something like a pint of parafin wax melted, and pour it into paint thinner while stirring, the whole volume one gallon. I tried it, was a pretty good sealer for bare wood. The parafin stayed liquid in the mix. Wonder if that mixture would make a good sealer for log ends. You can spray the stuff so if you were close to your air compressor or electricity it would be quick and easy. Might even work with a hand garden sprayer.

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#6 posted 10-24-2014 02:34 PM

I’m trying bargain store PVA wood glue at the moment, and it appears to be working rather well so far. I’ve used it on Holly, Cherry, Apple, Sycamore, Ash, Oak, & Mahonia with good results. Just smear a layer on, allow to dry over-night, then same again & leave it. I’ve not had any real checking so far, just a tiny bit that will easily cut away.

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#7 posted 10-24-2014 06:06 PM

... bargain store PVA wood glue …

Sounds like a good idea … think I will try that when I run out of the pricey stuff I am using now. Thanks!

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