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Forum topic by C_PLUS_Woodworker posted 07-25-2014 09:55 PM 954 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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07-25-2014 09:55 PM

I scored what I think are 2 pieces of nicely shaped wood. It is some breed of pine. Both pieces are consecutive cuts, measure about 13” x 13” with the bark OFF, so they will be too large for my planer. Luckily each piece is real close to the same “thickness” throughout, so no real issues there. One is about 1 1/2” thick, the other is closer to 2”. Both are dry dry dry. Years.

I intend to make a clock out of one for my “heart” transplant team that has followed me for 22 years (yes, 22 years of incredible care). I am going to Dremel-route a”normal” EKG tracing across the top and an “actual” EKG tracing from a real EKG strip that actually shows my heart stopping. Fun times. Going to fill the EKG routing with red enamel and then sand smooth. Going to put a very small plaque at the bottom that will read something to the tune of “Thanks for all the Time” and hope they get the double meaning.

The second piece screams for something romantic, so I am going to route two 8” high ovals with a bowl bit and place a photo of my wife in one and me in the other recess and then resin over the photos to make them flush with the surface. I have resined many photos into many pieces of wood and feel OK about that part.

I know how to get the bark off and the edges prepared properly.

My questions/problems are these:

What to do about the large crack in the tops of each piece?

What to do about the cracks in the bottom of each piece?

The beetle bores I just think add character, especially if one likes wood.

I have done a fair amount of reading before I did this post, but am still not sure if I can/should epoxy, resin, bow-tie or ??? with those cracks. I just do not know.

Also, I would love some suggestions as to finishing these.

Have I left unasked any issues I should be aware of?

I hope you like the wood pieces, cuz I think they are quite the score.

Thanks Guys, as always….......

Bruce


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Karson

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#1 posted 07-25-2014 10:45 PM

For the EKG one I’d leave the crack alone. It won’t get any worse since it Dry, Dry, Dry. Put your EKG where the heart stopped at the crack and then a straight line after that..

For the one with your wife. You could say even after all of the breaks we are still here. Or something dippy like that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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C_PLUS_Woodworker

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#2 posted 07-25-2014 10:59 PM

Karson, my man, you are truly a wise-ass wordsmith.

My kinda guy.

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Manitario

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#3 posted 07-25-2014 10:59 PM

If they are dry, the crack shouldn’t move too much, although with the seasonal moisture changes you may find the crack extend a bit. You could put bowties on the large cracks or use epoxy to fill them, or just take a chance and leave them as they are, depending what sort of look you want. If you go the epoxy route; I like Envirotech; takes dye easily and has a long open time. For finishing, my personal fav is Minwax “tung oil”; easy to apply and gives a nice luster.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 12:20 AM

If you want to stop the crack you could put a bow-tie on the back and that should keep it from spreading.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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gfadvm

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 12:50 AM

Bruce, Thank God they wouldn’t fit through your planer! You would have had a disaster! End grain often explodes in the planer. I have had poor luck with those crosscut cookies staying together but epoxy is probably your best shot. As far as finish, expect them to soak up a lot before finish looks nice. Shellac, poly, pour on bar top finish- take your pick depending on the look you are after.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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