|Forum topic by Dick||posted 05-03-2013 05:21 PM||844 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
05-03-2013 05:21 PM
I’m in the process of cleaning out my garage. I kind of forgot about this log I had sitting back there from a tree (hackberry I think) I cut down about a year ago. The ends were cracked pretty badly. So, I was thinking I would just cut it up for firewood. To my surprise, it looked pretty good in the middle. Moisture content is about 30% in the center and 19% towards the bark. The pieces are about 4 inches thick. I would like to make these into small table tops with the live edge.
Can anyone give me any advice on what to do with these now? From what I understand, they need to dry more to be workable. What do I need to do prevent cracking? I don’t have the facility to kiln dry. I’ve heard of some people using latex paint on the ends. But, I’m afraid this may be absorbed to deeply into the grain and visible in the end product. Perhaps it is dry enough it won’t crack further? This is my first experience with this….so, any advice is greatly appreciated.