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21st Jul 2004, 06:31 PM
Hi All.
Thanks for the responses on my last post it was very helpful. What i am wondering now is why do blanks have wax on the end. My father in law told me it was to stop the wood from cracking. He said that when you remove the wax the wood will crack in a short amount of time.
Well now i am wondering when i order some of these blanks do i say no wax or what. What is the best to do when i do buy wood?

By the way i turned my first candle holder and it looks cool.

Thanks all.:D

21st Jul 2004, 09:34 PM
All good resellers of blanks sell it with wax.

Your father-in-law is partly right, it is to slow th drying process so they don't crack. Most times.

If you turn it to a fairly thin wall it should not crack but will warp depending on how thin you go. :D

21st Jul 2004, 11:01 PM
Thanks ,

Can you tell me then what i have to look for when buying blanks? I wonder how i tell if the wood is dry enough to ensure it will not crack once i take off the wax?

21st Jul 2004, 11:15 PM
Same as what you look for in any timber. Splits crack and defects.

Leave the wax on and turn it off.

23rd Jul 2004, 09:51 PM
Often difficult to tell without exxie gear how dry the stuff is. Deal with a reputable supplier or else assume it's green and proceed accordingly.