Re: Cherry wood issue
--- In email@example.com, conradh@... wrote:
> I also always grease the endgrain heavily, including any knots that are
> exposed. I've even managed to dry madrone (Arbutus to you) this way with
> no checks, over about five years time.
Ya know, I have to say this is the first time I've ever heard of anyone using grease. Wax, yes, heavy latex paint yes, wood-sealer yes. Grease, nope.
Considering all the other options, I don't think I would try it myself.
Have you ever tried to boil Madrone, no I'm not kidding. We boil it all the time here, usually never thicker then 2 inches. But boil it we do. Slabs, roughed blanks, chunks.
Have a nearly zero failure rate.
I usually boil for a couple hours, then let it cool. Remove and wood and that's it. I seldom wax or seal the wood. The current batch went straight to waiting for finish turning