new poster/hobby woodworker here.
I have this stump w/ roots that I’ve been planning to turn into a patio table for some time, just needed a tabletop. I’ve been planning to make the tabletop out of sawn pieces of log, set in a circular fashion around the stump, kind of like flower petals, if you can imagine that? Anyway, some gardeners in my neighborhood just cut down a eucalyptus tree and let me lug home a section of the trunk.
What I want to end up with is a few “slices” of the log, about an inch thick, that I can sand and maybe put a coat of spar varnish on. But I understand eucalyptus is highly prone to checking, splitting, cracking, warping, and collapse. I don’t know how to treat the wood in order to keep it in good condition. I’m thinking I should go ahead and cut my “slices” now, while the wood is green? If so, then what’s the best way to let the wood age to prevent it from getting ruined? Just FYI, I can live with minor flaws in the wood, it’s going to be a rustic, nature-y looking table. I just don’t want it to become non-useable. Also, should I wait until the wood is dry before attaching it to the stump? (Stump has been sitting out in the air well in excess of a year, BTW.)
Thanks for any advice, I imagine this is kind of an odd question. :)