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Forum topic by mikeeuc posted 11-21-2015 04:06 AM 393 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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mikeeuc

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11-21-2015 04:06 AM

I was driving my car the other day and saw some construction workers cutting down a huge Eucalyptus tree. I lugged one of the pieces home and its about 3 feet across and 2 feet high. It still has the soft bark around the outside of it. It’s such a beautiful piece of wood and I’m not a skilled woodworker so my plan was just to sand it and make it level and then just apply some lacquer to it and keep it in my backyard or put my record player on it.

It was just cut down so its pretty moist and ideally i’d like to preserve the outside soft bark. Any thoughts on when I should apply the Lacquer and about how long I should take to dry it out? And to that point, does it need to be very dry before I apply any lacquer to it? thanks for your help.


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#1 posted 11-29-2015 07:32 PM

If you want it to be stable and want to minimize split/cracking.
Paint the ends. Weigh it in a stable environment and then leave it, for at least 6 months.
Weigh it again, at the 6 month mark and then about every 3 months, re-visit it.
When the weight stabilizes, you’re ready to work it.

As far as preserving the bark, don’t have any good tips, there.
it’s gonna shrink and try drawing away.
You might be able to keep it intact and re-fit it to the woody section.
Hopefully, someone else will have a clue in that direction.

Ern

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