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post #1 of 8 Old 11-25-2017, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question End grain sealer

My son brought me a half dozen fresh cut maple rounds. They are about 10 to 12 inches across and 6 inches thick. I was thinking of using glue (titebond iii) to seal the end grain. Anybody used glue to seal end grain during drying?
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It doesn't necessarily have to be titebond III, even school glue would seal the end. Anything that would penetrate into the grain and harden would do the job.

What a lot of people do is go ahead and roughly turn the blanks and then seal the ends and put the wood in a paper bag to dry. Roughly turning the wood removes a lot of the wood that makes it take forever to season.
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Does the ends grain need to be sealed after the rough turning? Seems like the smaller piece might be prone to cracking since it would dry quickly.

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I often use PVA glue to seal end grain. I also use candle wax to seal end grain on bowl blanks. Oil paint also works well, it depends what's handy.
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I bought a gal of stuff made to seal end grain. Didn't work. Waste of money.
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The glue doesn't have to be applied full strength. You can dilute it up to 50-50 with water
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I bought a gal of stuff made to seal end grain. Didn't work. Waste of money.
Kinda why I asked about glue. Even premium glues like Titebond III is cheaper by the gallon than most dedicated end grain sealer products. If regular glue works and in a diluted form it will save this old retiree some bucks. Thatís a good thing.
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something I have done is put the wood in a plastic bag and every few days I will open the bag and and let some moisture out. Its sometimes a pain but you can control the moisture inside the bag and it will dry out evenly.
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