An acquaintance asked me to see what I could do with a couple of wooden
(turned) urns that his wife had used as vases. The urns have been turn
"down the log" so I will be dealing with end grain.
The person who turned them told her not to put flowers in the urn as the
moisture would harm the wood. So she didn't. At least not directly. What
she did do was to put the flowers (in a plastic container and put that in
the wooden urn. She was either unaware of both the moisture on the outside
of the plastic vessel and/or the condensation that would form on its
outside. Of course the urns got damp/wet, the finish came off (inside only)
and the bottoms got rough/punky. The outside of the urns looks very good, no
water damage. What damage there is, and its not severe, but definitely
needs to be treated now to keep them from being totally destroyed.
The question is, what to treat the wood with (its is now dry). I had
thought that I might used MinWax WoodHardner or thin CA glue. I could use
shellac, but I am not sure just how much wood preserving it would do.
Any thoughts and ideas welcomed.
PS I am also going to post this on ".rec.crafts.woodturning"
He really should have sealed the inside of those. Have her pass that
on to him. People are dumb, um, I mean not well informed even though
they're told specifically. In '75, I knew a very smart and beautiful
electronics production line manager who kept a live plant on top of
her VCR cabinet. She seldom used it and seldom spilled, but when she
did, the Miracle Grow acted like an etchant on the PC board traces. My
boss got it from her and ran insulated bell wire from point to point
to get it working for her. (Yes, YOU, Peggy. ;)
Ahh, the perfect marriage: Wood & Water! <sigh>
I'd make darned sure there are holes in the bottom of the urns and
then use a thin (less viscous) epoxy, like West or System Three.
In the depth of winter, I finally learned
that within me there lay an invincible summer.
-- Albert Camus
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