Drying Olive Wood?

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Forum topic by zombolina posted 12-25-2014 06:39 PM 1081 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-25-2014 06:39 PM

Hi Lumberjocks,

Christmas came early when I lucked into some olive burl from a residential remodel.
I had the two logs plain sawn, painted the end grain with latex paint, and stickered them under the shopbot. The root ball I had sliced in 6/4 rounds. I also left a few chunks for turning.

My question is, should I seal the faces of rounds? And the faces of the turning chunks? I’ve read so many things about either anchor seal ( hard to find near me),soaking in alcohol, or even rubbing with some kind of salt/ egg mixture! Would love any LJ advice…

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#1 posted 12-25-2014 10:28 PM

For me, if I had this kind of olive wood cuts, I think I would use simple paraffin wax to seal it while it dries. You should think in terms of losing maybe 15-20% of your cuts to checking and cracking, no matter what. But some of the flat cuts, against the grain, I would simply melt paraffin over the face and let it go for a month or two, and see where you are. Simple, cheap and should work. I did this with some nice spalted maple I got a year or two ago, and saved almost all of the cuts. Made some nice clocks out of it.
An example is shown. I’ve made maybe six or seven of these, and only one remains in my house. That is the one I took a pic of. FYI, the base is an end cut of a black walnut slab

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