Just bought a 2"x2"x24" piece of purpleheart from Woodcraft. The ends
have something similar to wax on them, obviously to keep moisture out.
What do I do with it? I only need 12" so I can cut off the ends but I
doubt this is the normal way to go about it.
It is wax and it is to keep moisture in, not out. More correctly, to slow
the loss of moisture to minimize splits. You can just cut it off. Don't
just scrape it off or you will have finishing problems.
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