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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 10-24-2016 07:07 PM 658 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-24-2016 07:07 PM

As wood turners we stress end sealing blanks cut from logs and I always advocate cut away anything not going to turn.

Well end sealing is not a set it and forget it proposition as see end checking on one end of the blank where my paraffin wax came off in my photos. I live in an area where mold growth is prevalent and merely end sealing doesn’t stop it. If had followed my own advice and cut away the limb from this blank during processing that blank would have ended up on the fire wood pile.

Honestly cannot tell you how long ago processed that blank but on firewood pile now.

-- Bill

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#1 posted 10-25-2016 07:07 PM

Tried adding a caption to fourth picture which could not crop showing other end still sealed with mold growth. Here it is with part of the information. Normally won’t see mold growth in wood with a MC of 20% or less. Apparently leaving that limb on with disease under it allowed for even more mold growth.

-- Bill

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#2 posted 10-25-2016 08:19 PM

Just out of curiosity I would have split it behind the hole. I bet the other half would have some interesting stuff going on. Worst case, you can throw two halves into the firewood pile.

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#3 posted 10-25-2016 11:33 PM

Yes, it sucks to lose a blank after taking the time to prep and store it. I will try to clean up mold before I seal it. But after that I tend to let it go. A little diluted bleach water on a rag or spray bottle before I turn it works most the time. I however I live in the desert, and have a bigger issue with drying to fast.
I have found that when I harvest wood. To both deal with mold waste, and checking. I leave the blank as long as I can. I used to cut and then seal blanks a few inches longer than what I thought I was going to need. Now, I leave it 3 ot 4 feet as a minimum. I will loose several inches off an end, but will wind up with several clean blanks. Even large chunks of tree trunk. I seal the ends and leave the chunk intact till I’m ready to turn it. I loose alot less wood.

-- John

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