|Project by moshel||posted 02-16-2009 02:36 AM||1489 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
This is a set of coasters I made for my sisters from silver beech kindly donated by deltxguy.
the interesting thing about this set of coasters is that they did not check!
The method used to prevent the checking was noiling, and it worked very well. however, there was slight discoloration due to tanins in the bark that were dissloved in the water, and it seems that the grain is less “sharp” than on unboiled pieces.
I have since also used microwaving and it also worked great. even better is some respects (you get instant dry timber). the success rate of microwaving was about 90% (that is, one piece out of 10 checked, and i suspect that it was checked beforehand).
finished with denish oil and poly
-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...