|Forum topic by gurnie||posted 05-03-2010 01:06 AM||8351 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
05-03-2010 01:06 AM
I am getting married next year and i’d love to do a tree pedestal cake stand and i am hoping to get some advice on the project.
i was originally going to get the wood from a freecycler online who had just cut down some maple, but my shop teacher advised me not to since the risk of mold/fungi and critters, not to mention he doesn’t allow green wood in his shop. Also this method would have not worked because my wedding is next year and since i have been told cross sections have to be thick or they split (like 2-3”) so there wouldn’t be enough time for my green wood to dry before next october (when the wedding is).
So i’ve seen other people complete the project on etsy, and at $60 price tag i think my wood working skills can do this project. So i need some advice.
1. can anyone suggest where i can find a 16-20” cross section, preferably maple or cherry that has been KILN dried? michaels / amazon.com sells it, but i have never used this brand (and wood from michael’s? ehhh….) My michael’s sells a slice at 16” for around $8.99. Any experience with the wood from here? it’s basswood
2. my teacher suggested using burl as the top but it doesn’t have the same cool look. but is burl the better way to go?
3. what to do for the bottom? if i use a branch i still have to worry about bugs/fungi. any suggestions?
and any other ideas/suggestions would be great.
Thank you all soooo much!