Stabilizing green wood

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Forum topic by Carvendive posted 12-19-2018 03:24 PM 464 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-19-2018 03:24 PM

I’ll start in turning but this also crossed over to carving.

I’ve used antifreeze to stabilize cherry rounds prior to turning carving blanks and have had ok results but maybe someone here can help.

In this example I started with a 6 inch diameter by 12 inch long cherry log. I soaked it (fully submerged) for 3 weeks and then tossed it into a pile of kiln dried planer shavings for one more week. Next I turned it and then carved it. I wasn’t able to get to apply some finish to it and about 2 weeks after finishing the carving the bottom tip (smallest diameter) started to show a crack.

1. Re cracking – my guess would be that I should have coated it immediately after carving. Or, is it because of using antifreeze instead of PEG?
2. Do you know of any adverse effects to finishing antifreeze treated wood with boiled linseed, tongue, schlac or lacquer?

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#1 posted 12-19-2018 05:06 PM

Adding a photo. The crack doesn’t show but it’s in the bottom spiral section.

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#2 posted 12-19-2018 08:31 PM

Just my guess, never heard of using anti freeze to stabilize wood but guess you were okay until started carving.

Do know soaking in peg works if follow a schedule for soaking based upon size and works although steep learning curve. Have a limited type of finishes can use as contained in these instructions.

Will those finishes work as well with anti freeze? Really don’t know! Might try one and hope it seals and prevent further cracking.

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