Hey Guys, i’m new here and a complete beginner. I need some advice for a mantle I’m getting ready to finish.
Here’s the skinny:
Cleared off some property a little over two years ago and built (had built) my home. I took down a mature black walnut and decided to have three pieces milled out for a mantle.
I had the mantle piece milled to 8.5”x 8.5” and two 5×5 pieces for stiff knees and moulding around the insert.
They have been drying for a little over two years now. One of the smaller boards bowed. I had the millwright plain the two smaller boards down to where they are straight. There has been no twisting on the bigger slab and I am ready to cut the length to 67” which will remove the checked edges and paint from where I tried to seal them.
Am I going to be ok with the drying time on the thick piece? The tree was dead when i cut it.
And.. Whats the best way to finish it leaving the natural purpleish color and to bring out the grain while maintaining the rustic look?
Thanks, and sorry for being such an amateur.