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Hey all, I just got a 3' diameter white oak log quarter sawn! Some of the wood really sparkles but it needs to dry. I've been told to seal the ends to help reduce checking. What works, what doesn't, what's the most cost effective? I don't know what to use, a friend recommended paraffin but I was hoping for something more strait forward maybe locally available and out of a can? I know it would have been easier to seal the log, but I didn't and that oppurtunity is gone for this tree.

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Hey all, I just got a 3' diameter white oak log quarter sawn! Some of the wood really sparkles but it needs to dry. I've been told to seal the ends to help reduce checking. What works, what doesn't, what's the most cost effective? I don't know what to use, a friend recommended paraffin but I was hoping for something more strait forward maybe locally available and out of a can? I know it would have been easier to seal the log, but I didn't and that opportunity is gone for this tree.

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cheapest - molten canning wax...
been used for a bazillion years...

works really really well... canning wax...

easiest to deal with come time to use the wood - canning wax...

no canning wax.. use candles...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I have taken down more timber frame construction than I care to think about...
the joints that were bees' waxed came apart the easiest and were in, for the most part, in the most pristine condition... they showed little or no checking, cracking, rot, insect infestation and wear...
in second place was coal tar...
third was thickened creosote...
untreated - the majority of the joints were in dismal condition to include a lot of rot caused by wet/dry cycling...

other observations...

pole barns that had the pole ends sealed w/ wax and set in pea gravel were in mighty fine shape even after 150+ years...
and man did I hate collecting the bees' wax for projects...

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It's like deja vu, Stick; someone told me exactly the same thing last week! First time I'd ever heard of paraffin wax (canning wax) being used for preserving wood.
This very experienced carpenter swore by it.
(The subject came up because we had been chatting about how careless we'd been when we were much younger, with what we now know to be extremely carcinogenic materials...pentachlorophenol, in my case.)
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Pentachlorophenol in my case.....
PCP, AD or turboed DDT???

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Ha! See? My ignorance is showing...I didn't even know it had other uses. To us it was simply 'Penta'; wood preservative.
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Plastic roof cement. Cheap, readily available. And it works. I hope you know how to 'sticker' that wood, if not Google stickering wood.

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I use Anchorseal. It's available in small quantities from Woodcraft.

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Plastic roof cement. Cheap, readily available. And it works. I hope you know how to 'sticker' that wood, if not Google stickering wood.

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wax.. cheaper, cleaner, non-staining, kinder on the tools, cutters, clothing and clean up is a lot less problematic......

lot's on drying wood right here on the forum...

http://www.routerforums.com/tools-wo...ry-walnut.html

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