How to Seal Log End Grain with PVA or Anchorseal?
There are many different types of sealers available. Some of them are not suitable for use on end grain. There are other sealers which can be used on end grain.
Before you use any of these sealers, it is important to make sure that the wood is clean and dry. If the wood is dirty or if there is any residual glue after you have cut it to size, then you will need to clean it with denatured alcohol and then let it dry.
As far as sealing end-grain, there are different products that you can use.
Anchorseal 100 is a common end-grain sealer that you can use. This sealer will leave a white coating on your end-grain. It also acts as a nice glue and can be used to assemble furniture.
Anchorseal 200 is another popular choice among woodworkers. It does not leave a color change, but it is still a good sealer for end-grain. It can be used to glue joints together and it can also be used as a final finish.
PVA Glue can be another option. It is non-toxic, safe and cheap. Unlike other sealers, it does not dry or cure.
It is a wet glue that soaks into the wood. It is easy to apply and very convenient. The only drawback is that it does not protect the wood from liquid, so if the table will be used for dining, then it may need additional protection from spills.
Regardless of which end grain sealer you decide to use, make sure that the wood is dry before applying the sealer. You can dry the wood by leaving it in direct sunlight or by heating it with a heat gun (do not heat the wood too much). Do not apply too much sealer because it can cause the wood to bubble or warp.
Two coats are usually enough. Apply the first coat and let it dry for 6-8 hours. After that, apply another coat and let it dry for at least 24 hours.
End-grain sealing is an important step and something you should not overlook. Always make sure that you read the instructions thoroughly before use.
Also, let the wood dry for at least 6 months before you begin working on it. This is very important. You don’t want to introduce any unnecessary moisture to the wood.
Also, use the right tools. Sharp tools make everything easier and safer. Dull tools can cause a lot of unnecessary accidents.
Note: No animals or humans were harmed in the making of this guide. The wood was collected from fallen trees.
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