I need advise on how to cut pine slices.....

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Forum topic by Reelgaldg posted 07-25-2011 06:43 PM 1135 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-25-2011 06:43 PM

My husband and I are beginning a project for our daughter’s upcoming wedding….. We need to cut 160 12” diamete by 1” thick ,pine slices, from some pine trees we just downed on our property. – We cut a few so far, but they are turning black – I see these pine slices being uses as cake stands, etc on line – but we need to know if anyone has the steps we should use to be successful with this project. (Wedding isn’t until Sept 2012, so we have time to dry the logs if necessary.) Thanks in advance – to you woodworking gurus out there!

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#1 posted 07-25-2011 08:21 PM

That black is stain from mold. It is very difficult to avoid during the summer. Another problem you might have is radial cracking as the wood dries.
There is a product made by Velvit Products that will help with the mold but it is not food safe.

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#2 posted 07-26-2011 07:28 PM

You will need to stop the mold or “sticker stain” process as soon as you slice them off the log; it is better to use wood felled in the winter as the sap is lower, making the process easier. But since that is not the case, I would recommend a mold deterrant ( many are available, check a local woodworking store) then coat the pieces with a sealer such as poly or shellac to seperate the surface from direct skin contact. There are different products coming out all the time, there may be one that is food safe by now.

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