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sealing green wood

Hi all.

Can you tell me if it is parrafin wax melted that You put on the end grain of green wood blanks?

And is there an average drying time for sizes/types of wood?

And.... this one may sound as tho i'm stupid (not stupid just new to turning/drying)....

The end grain... would that be the circumference of a round blank and the square ends on a long spindle blank?

Forgive my ignorance, but if I don't ask... I won't learn!!
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Melinda,
I have not been turning all that long myself. I asked the same question when I joined here. Several people told me the Drying time is one year for each inch of thickness plus add one year to the total. A two inch thick slab would require three years drying time. However I live in the central valley in California where the humidity is bone dry and some of my woods are dry in no time. Also they put me on to left over house pain to seal the end grain. Latex has worked great for me, and clean up is just warm water and soap. The brush lives on top of the can.
Good luck with all projects.

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The end grain... would that be the circumference of a round blank and the square ends on a long spindle blank?
Try to imagine the fibers of the wood running up and down the tree -- then cut across the tree to expose the rings. What you're looking at is the end grain.

I think it's most likely that a round blank would be cut as a slice across the tree trunk -- which would mean the end grain is at the top and bottom of the disk, not around the circumference.

You are right about the long spindle blank -- typically the grain runs along the length of the spindle, so the spindle ends are the end grain (because they are cut across the grain).

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