After about a year and a half of learning and turning wood from Southwest
***ia, I decided to buy some squares of wood which are rather rare in
this area. I bought some turning squares (bocote, cocobolo, purpleheart,
and mesquite) from Craft Supplies to use to make bottle stoppers. The
pieces were packaged with "Seasoning Instructions" which stated that these
*** blanks are sold as partly seasoned. They suggest that after cutting,
the cut surfaces need to be coated with green wood sealer or with white
woodworkers glue to prevent checking. My "still newbie" questions are
1. Since I have no sealer, I will use white glue. Should this be pure glue
or a mix of glue and water, etc?
2. When I cut the pieces from the 1.5 x 1.5 squares, should I coat the
remaining piece and the pieces I have cut off?
3. I want to turn the piece(s) that I have cut off immediately. After its
is turned to shape and sanded, should I put on the glue before I put on a
finish (probably lacquer or shellawax) or forget the glue and simply put on
Any answers and/or other suggestions will be appreciated.
Crockett, ***ia USA