Hardening Soft Wood

Often times you come across a piece of wood that is perfect for the project you are working on. It is just the right size or has beautiful coloring in it, however, it is soft, punky or spalted which makes it difficult to cut, turn or carve.

Polycryl – 1 Quart (32 oz.)Our Polycryl product is a wood fortifier that will harden and stabilize the soft areas. It is a non-toxic product that is safe and easy to use. Polycryl is a concentrate that you dilute with water and soak or brush on your wood. It fortifies and strengthens the wood fibers. It can be used on just the soft areas (brushed on) or the entire piece of wood can be submerged (soaked) in the Polycryl solution.

It will dry clear and not yellow your wood. Polycryl will only penetrate the soft areas of the wood so it will not affect the harder areas (it will just lay on the surface of these areas and can be wiped off with a rag).

This is a piece of punky wood that will be treated and used for carving. Most of the wood is soft, so the entire piece can be soaked.

Once the Polycryl has dried in the wood, you can apply any type of glue or finish to it.

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Punky Wood

Note that Polycryl is water soluble so if the wood will be used outdoors, it will need to have a finish applied so that it will not wash out.

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