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Seal the ends of your logs/boards. Black cherry likes to check, especially through the heart/pith.
For one log, you can melt some paraffin wax and paint that on. Not as convenient as the liquid wax emulsion wood sealers, but it will do the job.
Easier to seal the log ends first.I've used old paint with good results, as have many.It's important to seal the ends of the wood grains so they don't act like little straws siphoning moisture too fast out the end of the log/board. Use your imagination as to what would work. Waxy emulsion seals. So does most paints. Most paints aren't "breathable".I just know when I paint wood and it gets wet, it beads up and doesn't let water through to the wood. Works the same on the ends, too. The last batch of black cherry I milled I used old spray paint on the ends. Just one heavy coat. Very minimal checking, if any at all. 1 1/2 years ago.
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