How do you get dry, brittle, and cracking wood strong again?

Leigh Reeves
by Leigh Reeves
  5 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Apr 25, 2019

    You can use tung oil and add a humidifier. That should help with the dryness of the wood.

  • Kelli L. Milligan Kelli L. Milligan on Apr 25, 2019

    Inside or inside?

  • William William on Apr 25, 2019

    Where is the wood? What is it on or part of? Sounds like nothing can be done.

    • Leigh Reeves Leigh Reeves on Apr 26, 2019

      It is an old wooden wagon wheel-someone said to use GOJO without pumice-ever heard of that?

  • William William on Apr 26, 2019

    GOJO is a hand cleaner. Used by auto mechanics. Never heard of it use on wood. Boiled Linseed oil, Danish oil, Tung oil should work. If you want to stain use an oil based stain. The oils soak into the wood fibers.

  • Thoroughly smear it with the oils recommended above, like, to the level of dripping with oil, and then place it in one of those large black hefty garbage bags, press ALL of the air out, seal it, and let it sit for a day or so. This will allow the oils to really penetrate the wood. Then, take it out, wipe away excess oil, and wait another few days to let the remaining oil absorb completely. Then, use wood glue and clamps to repair the cracks. This worked like a charm for me with an antique silverware set that had wooden handles.