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Forum topic by Jacquelyn Smith posted 10-23-2014 07:34 PM 1059 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jacquelyn Smith

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10-23-2014 07:34 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood slabs

A client is shipping their 300lb, 3” slab to my shop so that I can make a dine table with it. The slab manufacturer/shipper wants to know what sealant to put on it. He often sprays it with oil _ don’t know what kind yet.
I am concerned with what is on it of course for tools and finish if it is anywhere near flat. I have access to a 5’ wide planer.

Any experience out there suggesting one way or another?

My first instinct is to ask for Seal coat. I could top it with anything if it is present at the finishing stages or I can easily remove it by coating with alcohol.

It is a very open porous wood.
Thanks peeps,


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#1 posted 10-23-2014 07:42 PM

What is the purpose of the sealant? I’m trying to figure out what is gained by having it on during shipping. I assume it is already dry and will need to be flattened when you get it?

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#2 posted 10-23-2014 07:48 PM

I have had guys put Anchorseal on ends to keep from cracking for turning, but not for slabs.

I hope to hear more of this too.

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#3 posted 10-27-2014 04:42 PM

Never know what the wood will be subjected to. I would recommend simply (but completely) wrapping it in plastic and taping it up so no air movement will be made on it, therefore minimizing any moisture changes. The painters plastic sold at hardware stores works well.

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