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02-22-2009 08:29 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question resource holly

Hi Everyone

I was given a very nice present the otherday by my wife 5 peices of holly but i have a dilema it needs to dry out they are small and i don’t know how to dry them without them splitting help please….

andy

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 08:32 PM

Put wax on the ends ASAP Or use anchorseal( which is a wax sealer)

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#2 posted 02-22-2009 08:36 PM

Hi John

I don’t know what anchorseal

Andy

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#3 posted 02-22-2009 08:53 PM

Look locally for a “Log End sealer ”
Anchorseal is a product here in US, but probablu unknown in UK
LeeValley has this one available in Canada

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#4 posted 02-22-2009 08:58 PM

Andy,
I was reading about this in other sites, and many people just use a heavy coat of Oil paint, since it’s just for the drying process.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#5 posted 03-02-2009 03:17 AM

I have the same problem, I just put a coat of latex primer in the ones I need to preserve. Don’t know anything about it, only what I read here. My thought is the paint is sitting on the shelve getting old and I thought it might do the job. Would like some respinse to this,,,,thanks

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#6 posted 03-02-2009 06:57 AM

Anchorseal has beeswax in it and it seals the end grain so moisture doesn’t escape too quickly, causing cracks. You can use melted wax too. Latex paint isn’t advised because it “breathes” and allows moisture to move through it. It won’t stop wood from cracking as well as a wax based product.

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#7 posted 03-02-2009 08:00 AM

Holly is very hard to dry. I would seal it and put it in a plastic bag. Open the bag every few days for a minute to change the air. I have some I am experimenting with. I don’t open the bag very ofter and it is still checking, but it is a green bowl blank a bit bigger than your pieces .

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 03-02-2009 08:55 PM

Hi Guys i brought some endseal that seams to of done the trick i left it in my workshop to see what happens so far so good the checking has stopped i dont want to touch it for awhile so i’ll let it do what its going to do in report in a few months

thanks for your interest

andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#9 posted 03-22-2009 11:12 AM

I had a ton of cherry planks my neighbor sawed up for me when a storm took down one of my cherry trees. (Nice to have a neighbor with a sawmill) I bought some blocks of paraffin and melted them in an old pot over a hibachi then dipped the plank ends in the pot for about a minute – just be careful not to let the paraffin get too hot – it can catch on fire. It worked pretty well – I still had some minor cracks in the boards but I saved several feet from each board by dipping them – I had some that weren’t dipped and they had cracks starting in the end grain that ran for 18 inches up the board – wasted wood. Still have a few planks left…........ hmmmmm what to do with those????

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#10 posted 03-22-2009 02:27 PM

“Latex paint isn’t advised because it “breathes” and allows moisture to move through it.”

I didn’t know that, dang but I can see why I was having trouble now :) thanks

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