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Posted on Drying thick trunk slabs

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 07:15 AM

Well, let’s just get this out of the way, you’re going to end up with cracked wood regardless. If you understand the structure of wood, you’ll understand what’s going to happen and why it’ll crack.

Also, that oven will dry them way too fast.

Your best bet is to save several disks that are in order and piece them together (woodglue) from the uncracked pieces. You may get lucky and have one that doesn’t crack… but I doubt it. There are products on the market that can possibly stop this from happening, but not on a disk this large.

Some woods don’t crack as much as other. Oak is not one of these. I had an oak disk go 4 months without cracking (24” diameter). One day I came home from work and it had opened up about 1” on the edge.

What is this flattening cut you’re talking about?

-- "Well, at least we can still use it as firewood... maybe." - Doss

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