Painting/ sealing ends of lumber for storage

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    BrianJ
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    A friend of mine swears that any wood not used right away requires the ends to be sealed / painted to reduce risk of cracking/ splitting with latex paint. Quick web search finds people use paint, pva glue, liquid elect tape(?), nothing, canning wax…. Any one care to share thoughts?
    Brian

    Ontario, Canada

    #20177
    George Bridgeman
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    Hi Brian,

    You only need to seal the ends if the timber is very wet – boards cut from green timber or similar stuff that needs to lose a lot of moisture. If you buy timber, especially kiln dried stuff, from a yard then you won’t need to seal it as it’s already close to equilibrium moisture content. It’ll still cup or bow as it balances with the humidity in your shop but you can keep that to a minimum by making sure it’s out of direct sunlight and air can flow freely around all faces and ends.

    Hope this helps.

    George.

    "To know and not do is to not know"

    #20310
    BrianJ
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    Makes sense, thank you

    Ontario, Canada

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