Pentacryl Wood Stabilizer, Gallon
Carving or turning green wood is certainly faster and easier than working with dry stock. But sometimes the extra work involved with slowly and carefully drying the wood to avoid checking hardly...
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- Combats the negative effects of drying by displacing water and moisture in the wood fibers
- Doesn't stain the wood or affect finishing in any manner
- Drying time reduced by as much as 90% with Pentacryl
- Your wood will dry quicker and more evenly
- Pentacryl residue even lubricates your tools as you work
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So you’ve decided to rough turn or carve a green (wet) project, and set it aside to dry. Did you realize the wood may contain over 250% more water before it is dried, depending upon it’s size and mass? Over the long period of time it may take to air dry your project, it can develop grain cracks and checks if not protected. What are checks in the wood? Well, they’re not cashable checks to take to the bank, but end grain splits that can be prevented allowing you to reap the benefits of a beautifully finished item that can be profitable! Both cracks and checks can be fixed by cutting out those areas and replacing with segmented glue-ups, but perhaps that’s not what you had in mind.
Looks like its working
Using Pentacryl on oak trunk/log cross sections (3 foot diameter, 4"-6" thick). Cracking has been minimal, and appears to have stopped. Product looks to be working. We have four pieces and have been treating since April. We are now starting the 3rd gallon. Intent is to make tables.
I would by this again!
I bought this product after having a bowl which I had just turned crack almost completely through. I used the product as directed on a nice piece of spalted wood and then turned my nicest bowl to date. It replaced the water in the wood and allowed me to turn the piece without the fear that it would crack or check.
I can't give this a complete okay until I've used it for months but I do like the way the Pentacryl soaks in, not running away. I've found that you want to put a green turned item in a paper sack after treating with Pentacryl, otherwise it still will crack or check. I tried this on a small vase (after having put several treated bowls in a sack I thought I'd try leaving this setting on the shop table) and the next morning it had a tiny crack. Of course, this is green oak and I've heard that oak is difficult to use green. So, like I said, I need to give this a lot longer trial on different types of wood. So far, the only drawback I see is the extreme price. It's going to get expensive real quick because one little green bowl really soaks it up again and again.
I like for every carver to try thi
I use it on my chainsaw carvings and it works great!