Protecting Green wood during drying

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    I'm planning on taking some red oak rounds and cutting them into 1 to 1.5" slices, on which to do wood burning, engraving, or painting. What's the best way to prevent the faces from checking while drying? I was hoping to be able to quick dry them, but air dry will do if it has to be done.


    Any recommendations for either quick drying or air drying?
     
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    You'll want to paint their faces on both sides with a good, aqueous wax, end-grain sealer. A source for this comes from the decking industry. It's used to stop end grain checking on hardwood decking. You can get this at your local lumber yard. Ask for an end grain sealer like Anchorseal.
     
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    I've seen finished products with engraving/pyrography and the pieces weren't cracked and checked. I had heard of Anchorseal, too. I guess that's what I'll try and see how it goes. I'm not gonna run out of wood.
     
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