Review of wood sealer
At first when I started turning wood I would just let the freshly cut wood sit outside and until I was ready to use it. It rarely turned out well due to tons of cracking. I tried to treat the cut surfaces with some old house paint which worked a little bit. The paint wasn’t able to flex as the dried so the wood still developed small cracks. I had read about a better wood sealer so I decided to give it a try.
One half of this log was coated with the wood sealer while the other was left untreated and cracked nicely. Judge for yourself how well the sealer works! Now everything I cut is coated with sealant. The nice thing is that once it is coated you can still see the grain pattern long after it would normally have dulled and grayed.