Let’s talk about woodcarving

Let’s talk about woodcarving 2017-06-26T23:59:57+00:00
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Treating wood with solvent

I'm in the midst of building a cabinet out of pine. I was hand planing some panels today and was having problems with sap around the knots. I tried wiping the wood down with mineral spirits. The difference was amazing. The wood planed very cleanly and tear out almost disappeared. I've heard of treating carving wood with solvent to help deal with tear out. Has anyone done this? Did you brush the solvent on or how did you apply it. Did it help?

Tim

I have not tried this but it sounds fantastic.  How did you apply it, with a rag or brush or what?  Did you put enough on to soak it, or just a wipe on the surface, or how much there?  I am all questions now.!

My intent was just to get rid of the tackyness from the sap so I put some mineral spirits on a rag and wiped off the wood surface.

I have heard of carvers putting alcohol on the wood surface to soften it and I wonder if the effect is similar.