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Sealing wood before turning

I have three sections of a pine tree that I'm hoping to turn into bowls or plates one day.
I've cut out sections about 3" thick where the branches come out of the trunk, hoping the branches will show to good effect when the pieces are turned.
I'm getting ready to seal it so it (hopefully) won't crack as it dries. Should I seal it with wax, or with Pentacryl?
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I have three sections of a pine tree that I'm hoping to turn into bowls or plates one day.
I've cut out sections about 3" thick where the branches come out of the trunk, hoping the branches will show to good effect when the pieces are turned.
I'm getting ready to seal it so it (hopefully) won't crack as it dries. Should I seal it with wax, or with Pentacryl?
The ends should be sealed as soon as possible to prevent the wood from drying too fast. You could seal it with gulf wax or a number of products such as Pentacryl.
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Some use latex paint to seal the ends. Anything to keep out moisture should work. BTW, pine is very soft and requires "scary" sharp tools. Good luck with the turning.

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The ends should be sealed as soon as possible to prevent the wood from drying too fast. You could seal it with gulf wax or a number of products such as Pentacryl.
I have both wax and Pentacryl. Is one better suited than the other?
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I have both wax and Pentacryl. Is one better suited than the other?
It wouldn't matter. The Pentacryl would just be a lot easier.
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It wouldn't matter. The Pentacryl would just be a lot easier.
The Pentacryl instructions say to apply it several times a day for 2-3 days. When I wax, I just heat it up and slap it on which seems like less effort than the Pentacryl routine.

So, Iím wondering:

Am I doing one or the other wrong?

If the Pentacryl absorbs in to the wood more, will it accelerate the drying?
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The Pentacryl instructions say to apply it several times a day for 2-3 days. When I wax, I just heat it up and slap it on which seems like less effort than the Pentacryl routine.

So, Iím wondering:

Am I doing one or the other wrong?

If the Pentacryl absorbs in to the wood more, will it accelerate the drying?
The Pentacryl isn't going to accelerate the drying process. As long as you follow the instructions it will be alright. Either way it will do the job.
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