DIY: Wood Projects using Pentacryl

There are many great craft and party projects created using green wood. However, preventing untreated green wood from cracking as it dries can be challenging.

Pentacryl was developed to meet this challenge. It is a stabilizer that will alleviate the cracking, checking and irregular drying in green wood.

Pentacryl is a safe, easy-to-use product for “Do It Yourself” DIY projects.

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Wood Cookies and More

Pentacryl has become popular for treating rustic wood items used for weddings such as wedding cake stands, wooden plate chargers, wooden coasters and multi-tier cupcake stands just to name a few.

Once these cross-cut pieces or wood “cookies” are cut, they should be treated right away as this type of cut has the most tension in it, especially the larger diameter pieces. For additional information on treating these rustic wood items, see the Step by Step Guide on our website.

Even though Pentacryl will speed the drying by 30% since it is displacing the water in the wood, green wood needs to dry slowly. So be sure to allow enough dry time for your wood pieces prior to the wedding or party date. Depending on the size and type of wood, it may take 2 to 5 months. Once your wood is completely dry, it can be sanded, stained, woodburned, glued and/or sealed.

wood cookies Cupcake Stand

This wedding cake and cupcake platter was created using wood cookies treated with Pentacryl.

To determine how much Pentacryl you will need, use the Wood Calculator. Just input the dimensions and type of wood.

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A Wood Clock Project made from a Cross-cut Section of Maple

A Wood Clock Project made from a Cross-cut Section of Maple

Pieces of Woodburned Wood for a Calendar

Pieces of Woodburned Wood for a Calendar