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I have a project which is utilizing manzanita and if you've worked with manzanita, you likely know that it's extremely temperamental when it comes to drying.
I've pondered different ways to mill and dry the log that I have (7 inch diameter at almost 5 feet long and almost straight) but the methods still leave a big risk of warping and heavy checking.
My question is, if I mill it, sand it, and seal it with Polyurethane before it has a chance to warp/check too much, will sealing an entire milled piece halt the drying of the wood and prevent any further checking/warping?
Thanks for any help,
I've been doing green wood hollow form turnings for about 30 years. To keep them from checking due to drying too fast, I either place them in a large paper bag if they will fit, or in cardboard boxes when they are too large for the other.
You probably still ought to seal the ends asap.
Thanks for the tip but from what I've read that doesn't quite do the trick for manzanita.
Three heavy coats of spar varnish will be a fairly good sealer. But if you seal it too well, it will take years to dry. Meanwhile discoloration, rot, etc. will occur. For this reason, log drying is seldom done successfully unless the logs are small.
I didn't think about the rot factor. Thank you for the info.