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 Post subject: Drying Wood..Seal Ends?
PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:28 am 
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Walnut
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Hello,
Just got in some curly maple to build uke's with. The plates are 1/8" thickness. The moisture content is 14%.
If I stack them to dry will the ends split? Should I seal the ends with wax, shellac. Do I need to seal the ends?
This is my first time getting in wet wood.
thanks...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 8:08 am 
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14 percent is not what I would call wet but it is far from dry enough to build with. I would seal the ends just to be safe. Plain old latex paint works for me.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:30 am 
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Hello, Richard,
I'm with Cecil on this. While you're at it, you might "sticker" your stack of plates so that air can circulate between them as they finish drying. It might not be necessary, but it won't hurt and I think it's usually a good idea to err on the side of caution. It will probably help them finish drying a bit faster, too. Best of luck with it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:09 pm 
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@ only 1/8" thick it's probably not necessary, but it can't hurt to seal the end grain. I use Anchor Seal which is a wax emulsion available at any lumber/woodworking shop and might be at your local hardware store.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2015 7:11 pm 
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Thanks a lot for the input.


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