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Old 07-01-2009, 12:59 AM   #1
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I'm in the process of building an interior wall cap from red oak. I don't plan on staining nor applying varnish to the underside, unexposed side of the wall cap. However, I am wondering if I need to seal the wood on this side even though it will not be exposed. Suggestions anyone?

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I seal all sides. Unsealed sides/edges will absorb moisture at a different rate than sealed and this could cause cupping.

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I agree with 47 47. Wood that's sealed on all surfaces is more stable.
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Thank you for the tip. It makes sense that all sides, exposed or not, should be sealed.
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