When I built my boat, I dipped each screw in wax before inserting into the wood... the wax seals it tight and "Bee's" wax won't discolor the wood. Does anyone else use this technique or was this just unnecessary "overkill"?? (Be kind please)
Seems like a great idea. I built my boat for the enjoyment, so time was not a factor, so I dipped in 5200 sealer. Actually, the holes were pre-drilled and I used a small nail to insert the sealer into the hole. A bit of denatured alcohol cleans excess off pretty well.
Wax is commonly used on fasteners in wooden boat construction. It is not necessary for 'waterproofness' as the wood will swell around the fastener creating a leak proof seal. It does help with screw removal at the time repairs are being done. One really easy way to do it is to buy toilet bowl sealing wax from the local hardware store for a couple of buck. It comes in a little flat box with a round tray. The wax is kind of like a soft bees wax consistency. No heating necessary. Just dab each screw in a little before inserting. I learned this from people who make wooden boats for a living.