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Forum topic by rkwoods posted 12-30-2014 04:52 PM 724 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2014 04:52 PM

I am finishing my basement and where there is two posts close together I built a banquette to hide them. The ends are stained red oak that resemble a church pew. I haven’t attached the ends to the banquette yet. It’s been leaning up against it. Didn’t dasn on me that my wood burner is about 4 feet away and the heat has caused the ends to start separating slightly. I glued and screwed the layers together.

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 08:44 PM

I refinished wood floors and noticed places like the front of fridges, where the hot air blows out, show more shrinkage than elsewhere. To solve the problem, I try to flood the area with thinned product, so it will flow down and under, stopping moisture loss. As long as the wood would take on finish, I kept adding.

I’ve heard a lot of pro’s claim this is a bad way to go, because it uses too much material, but I always made enough money that the few extra dollars never seemed to cost me a car payment.

I’ve seen the same argument regarding paint on wood siding. Never had a paint job fail because paint soaked into the wood. To the contrary, if it keeps sucking paint up, you are merely replacing lost moisture with something which will dry and be left behind, rather than evaporated off.

Another thing I’ve done is, slather oil on old butcher block cutting blocks. Initially, the blocks were separating and splitting, as they shrunk from lost moisture. By flowing the oil on and letting it sit and soak in (repeated applications), then waiting a couple weeks, the wood swelled and the cracks and separations disappeared.

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