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Forum topic by Ben Winchester posted 02-18-2017 01:53 AM 478 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ben Winchester

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02-18-2017 01:53 AM

Hello all, I searched the forums for posts that talk about Pentacryl but I cant find a precise answer to my question.

I have a friend that wants me to make a coffee table from a Maple tree he just cut down. Having never explored this, I told him I knew it would take forever to dry, but beyond that I didnt know much else. So I began searching and stumbled first upon PET, and then Pentacryl as stabilizers.

I know my friend will not want to wait the 2+ years for this thing to dry out after the Pentacryl treatment, so I was wondering if the cookie is still usable while its drying. If I treat the piece now, I can allow it to sit until mid/late summer before touching it, at that point will I be able to flatten it and let it become a coffee table?

The table will simply consist of the 3-4” cookie sitting on a steel frame, so It will be allowed to move if it wants to. Is it ok for me to put a screw in each corner with enlarged holes in the steel to allow for movement?

After flattening and sanding, can I put any finish on it while its still drying? I’ve read about end grain sealers to help slow down the drying time and whatnot, could any of these act as a finish?

I’ve read on here that removing the pith can greatly help with cracking…Is that a good thing to do when using Pentacryl? Also, would I be able to drill the pith out and fill the hole with a Maple plug?

Please help with any information you can give. And if this is simply too ambitious of a project to do it in the time frame he wants, then I guess it is what it is. My original hypothesis is that since Im not going to be attaching anything to the cookie that it can serve as a coffee table while its still drying. Is this the case?

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.


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#1 posted 02-18-2017 04:07 AM

This covers your question about PEG. Here is a site explaining PEG and its use by the US Forest Products Lab through Oregon State University. Go to the page and scroll down until you see “Use of PEG …” then click and a pdf file will open.

http://owic.oregonstate.edu/wood-drying

Good luck

-- Wuddoc

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 06:48 PM

Thank you for your help! Im trying to find out about pentacryl, though

-- Measure once, cut once, hope for the best.

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#3 posted 02-24-2017 08:04 AM

Oops.

Try this page. Pentacryl FAQ’s and/or call Preservation Solutions.

http://www.preservation-solutions.com/wood-treatment-products/wood-treatment-faqs/

-- Wuddoc

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