Craft Supplies Wood Seasoning Instructions

Craft Supplies Wood Seasoning Instructions

Post by Larry Copenhave » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 07:16:21



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
these:
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
the finish?

Any answers and/or other suggestions will be appreciated.

Larry Copenhaver
Crockett, ***ia  USA

 
 
 

Craft Supplies Wood Seasoning Instructions

Post by Nick Faymovill » Sat, 21 Apr 2001 10:39:49



Quote:
> 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
> these:
> 1.  Since I have no sealer, I will use white glue.  Should this be pure
glue
> or a mix of glue and water, etc?

I would mix 1:1 white glue & water

Quote:
> 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?

Only if the wood seems very wet after you cut in to it.   I have used these
1 1/2" square blanks  for several years and never had a problem even though
I never did anything to protect the wood after cutting it into smaller
turning blanks.

Quote:
> 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
> the finish?

No!  Don't put any glue on after  you have turned the piece.  I have found
that turning, sanding, and finishing seems to dry up the wood enough so you
can go ahead and put your finish on.
Quote:

> Any answers and/or other suggestions will be appreciated.

> Larry Copenhaver
> Crockett, ***ia  USA