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Peegoo

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Nov 24th, 2017 07:28 AM        

If you've ever seasoned your own wood or purchased seasoned rough-cuts, you know the end grain has to be sealed to prevent checks and splits as the wood dries over time. <br /> <br /> The traditional way to seal the end grain is to melt paraffin and paint it on, or dip the ends of the wood if it's a small piece. There are also commercially-available goops you can buy that do the same thing.<br /> <br /> My recent cherry tree take-down left me with a few pieces that I put up to season and use for making tool handles. <br /> <br /> The sealer I use is stupid cheap and simple: latex tub & tile caulk. It's the cheap no-name water based latex (non-silicone) type.<br /> <br /> I discovered this years ago because heating up wax is a hassle, and the commercial stuff is expensive. The caulk I buy is less than $2 per tube and a little goes a long way: squirt some on the end of the stick and use a piece of paper, cardboard, or a putty knife to thinly 'ice' the end grain like a cupcake.<br /> <br /> It's perfect because it's cheap, effective, and doesn't affect finishes like wax can. It doesn't seep into the wood and discolor it. It's also perfectly safe for shop tooling because it's soft.<br /> <br /> If you've never tried this, give it a go. It works and saves huge time and a few bucks too.



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Nov 24th, 2017 07:31 AM        

Phew, I misread the post and thought it ended with "how do I do it", which would indicate something seriously amiss in Peegooville.



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Nov 24th, 2017 07:34 AM        

LOL! Right. The Peegooniverse is in balance, O my brootha.



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Nov 24th, 2017 11:30 AM        

Good idea, I'm going to try this next time the need arises.



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Nov 24th, 2017 12:16 PM        

You’ve sealed your wood nicely.



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Nov 24th, 2017 12:21 PM        

Looks like butter cream frosting.<br /> <br /> "You kids! Don't lick that!"



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Nov 24th, 2017 01:30 PM        

And unlike wax--once it dries, you can use a Sharpie on it to write the wood variety and the date it was put up to season.



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Nov 24th, 2017 05:52 PM        

Thanks. I recently started wood turning and have been buying kiln dried blanks but want to start finding green wood and recently came on a couple nice mesquite logs. Anchor seal is what I keep reading about but it's pretty pricy. Next time i'm at Lowes i'll pick some up.



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Nov 25th, 2017 06:36 AM        

Google offered to translate that page for me.<br /> <br /> <br /> What language is spoken in the Peegooniverse anyway?<br /> <br /> <br />



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Nov 25th, 2017 06:51 AM        

Two languages: love and money.<br /> <br /> As a famous person has said more than once, "I am a vain and petty man."



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Nov 25th, 2017 03:49 PM        

I think it's similar to Tamarian, as in "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra."



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