Dylan Kirsch wrote:Bryant, What is the purpose of using the borax soak or using borax on wood in general. The only time I've encountered borax is to wash oil and grease off my hands or to help with laundry. Don't really know alot about borax and what it's useful for or what it's properties are.
Dylan Kirsch wrote:Elmer, I like the way you explained the 2 main ways you can treat wood. Do you think you could completely or at least mostly saturate wood with an oil that does eventually dry?
Tom fontanille wrote:I've got pine cut offs from lumber mill i put on side of shop how can I keep the bark on ?
Dylan Kirsch wrote:Curious on what you guys use to preserve lumber. Ideally it wouldn't be harmful or toxic and even better would be an oil you could press your self out of something you could grow? Any tips greatly appreciated. Thanks
Mike Phillipps wrote:
Boric acid may soak into the wood a bit better than borax. You can buy it or you can probably make it by mixing borax with a mineral acid like muriatic acid.
You can also use wood that is more rot resistant. As i recall, Locust is used in permaculture for being fast growing, nitrogen fixing, makes good firewood, etc. It has sharp thorns though.
Creosote is supposedly a wood preservative. Harvest your chimney.
Supposedly char also lasts a long time. Would a fence post last longer if it was charred first?
I guess to make turpentine, cut the bark off a pine tree, collect the sap, and distill it.
Nathan Jarvis wrote:Waterlox is really nice to work with even though it smells like it contains solvents. They don't bother me. I won't be alive long enough to worry about any potential health risks associated with the fumes. It is food grade after it cures. If you are sensitive to that sort of thing then wear a good mask and gloves that can stand up to the solvents. I was doing floors and counter tops and wanted something easy to apply and maintain. Everything came out nice. Growing and producing something yourself is a cool idea but if you just want to get it done with a formula that has already been figured out and has a good track record then check this stuff out.
Abe Coley wrote:Walnut oil works pretty good for interior finishes, furniture, etc.