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I recently obtained a large amount of white oak and ash. I want to minimize the cracking that occurs on the ends and I remember seeing posts about different products that are designed for this. Can anyone recommend a good product..?

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You can coat the ends with Anchorseal.  I have also recently heard of Green Wood Sealer from Klingspor, which according to what I read on another forum is the same stuff as Anchorseal, but much cheaper.

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I had some left over deck stain I sawed a couple small apple logs I got from a neighbor on my band saw painted the end grain with that it worked great no checking yet that was 5yrs ago. I've heard of people just using latex paint, it's just seals the ends to slow the drying of the wood. 

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2 hours ago, Hammer5573 said:

I recently obtained a large amount of white oak and ash. I want to minimize the cracking that occurs on the ends and I remember seeing posts about different products that are designed for this. Can anyone recommend a good product..?

Was the wood already dry? If the wood is dry it's not nearly as critical to seal the ends. 

When wood is wet, end checking begins almost immediately, I always seal my logs within hours of dropping the trees. So if the wood is in the process of drying sealing the ends now will likely not prevent cracking.

As for products to seal the ends, latex paint is not nearly as effective as anchorseal. 

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I used latex. If you go to a big box store, in their paint department they always have some gallons that were returned, that they sell for cheap. 

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