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post #1 of 3 Old 04-06-2010, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Pentacryl

I'm new to this and have been drying my blanks using the bag and woodchip method. SO far it's worked but the drying time is sloooow. I recently bought some pentacryl conditioner but am not sure if it works as a wood sealer or not. Is it a replacement for the bag and chip method? Also, If I were to use greenseal could I then just let the blanks dry in the air (Basement)? Any help would be much appreciated from this noob:P
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Pentacryl supposedly has problems with finishing. Apparently a lot of finishes won't work with it. I've never used it so I can't say. I do know that almost no turners use it so there must be a reason.
Look up alcohol drying. A lot of turners are going to that. I don't use that either. I simply try to turn enough bowls that there are always dry ones ready to be returned. When I rough out a bowl I put it on the shelf and grab a dry one and finish that one.
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Interesting

I was under the impression that Pentacryl made turning easier (Less tear-out). I'll try it on a few pieces and see what happens. For the most part though I'll just try to keep a steady supply of blanks drying for further use. I think I will break down and get some Anchorseal just to play it safe. I need it to treat my logs anyway.
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