Wood sectioning with Carbowax


Hello everyone...
I'm new to this list, but already I have found it very useful!  I have a 
couple problems that I would like to pose a question to the arena of 
experts.  I am working with cherry wood sections and infiltrating them with 
Carbowax instead of paraffin.  However, I am having a heck of a time trying 
to get the sections to (1) stick to the wood block....I am so frustrated 
that I want to just nail it to the block, and (2) trying to get sections 
that don't crumble.  I think the answer to my 2nd problem is that I need to 
get the carbowax to infiltrate better, but how can I soften the extrememly 
dense, hard wood?  Any helpful hints on getting the sample to stick to the 
block?  They are about <1 cm in diameter, and about 2-3 cm long. 

Thank you in advance for your help!

Mercy Olmstead
Michigan State University

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