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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #15 - Feb 27th, 2018 at 11:13pm
 
I also use hot paraffin.  I use an old single burner camp stove to heat up the paraffin in a large stew pot pan that I got from DAV.  The pot is large enough that I can dip some things in it or I use a paint brush to brush it on the end.  (Most of my wood comes from logs that I get.)  I make sure that the wax is hot enough that when it dries it is clear.  That way it does get down in the pores of the wood.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #16 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 8:57am
 
Can't remember, is there a fire risk if heating paraffin over an open flame?  Or if melted paraffin is dripped on a hot heating element?  I imagine lots of people melt paraffin on a kitchen stove to make candles.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #17 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 9:11am
 
Don, once it gets good and hot, I turn the burner off and move the pot away from the stove.  If it needs to be heated up again, I just relight the stove and put the pot back on.  It would be too easily tipped over if it were left on the stove.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #18 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 1:11pm
 
Most use a double boiler to melt wax for hobbies. For large melt like we would use, would adding a solvent like mineral spirits help to spread it out?

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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #19 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 3:57pm
 
Glen, I don't know that it would help, but it might make it a little more volatile.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #20 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 4:15pm
 
This has been very helpful, thank you.

So I haven't had time to head out and grab sealant yet.

I found paraffin here locally at $3.99 lb, I can grab a qt of AS, and I have some titebond in the shop.

So, it looks like I'll be trying the three:
Anchorseal, paraffin and titebond.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #21 - Feb 28th, 2018 at 8:08pm
 
I have used Anchor Seal now for 7 years.  I used to heat up paraffin wax and hated the stink and well mostly my wife did so I went to Anchor Seal and really like it.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #22 - Mar 3rd, 2018 at 4:19pm
 
I didn't realize how quickly wood checks and splits. I was able to salvage a few prime pieces, including burls. Used the paraffin method, so we'll see. The rest will be firewood.
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Re: What's your favorite sealant for turning blanks
Reply #23 - Mar 3rd, 2018 at 5:43pm
 
Brett, yes it does start to crack and split very quickly. Don’t forget some of those cracks can be filled effectively so that it can safely turned into a finished product.
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