Sap Removal

Very occasionally you may be faced with a sap pocket in one of the logs within a Log Cabin. This is unavoidable unfortunately and this does sometimes happen with timber. Sap is very sticky and can leave quite a mess. This post covers sap removal, especially larger pockets of it.

Removing sap in wood, you can either leave it to dry and then cut off with a sharp knife, your can also wipe it off with white spirit.

For a larger pocket such as the one below you can follow these simple steps:

Warm Up The Sap

Seen here is a large sap pocket we found while installing a new show building. Using a heat gun or hair dryer you can liquify the sap pocket. As heat is applied it will start to flow out of the pocket.

Removal of Sap – Mend if Necessary

Use a rag to collect the flow. Be careful not to heat the wood too much (as we have done here) otherwise you will scorch it slightly. Wipe of the sap flow with spirits on a cloth.

Sap has all bubbled out and cleaned off with white spirit. As we scorched the wood we will need to give the log a light sanding.

Good As New!

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Meet Richard, a dedicated professional with a rich history at Tuin, contributing 25 years of experience within the garden timber industry. With an expertise in garden buildings. From design, manufacturing and installation for a range of timber buildings. Sheds to log cabins and all the way up to timber framed houses. In his time he had worked with experts all over europe, and also included his own personal experience of installing and testing Garden Buildings from a range of companies, models and sizes. You will find a majority of his blogs to include expert installation advice for your Log Cabin. Information on how timber reacts to different environments and the best way to preserve your garden buildings.

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