|Forum topic by tehinternet||posted 09-17-2014 02:01 PM||19326 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
09-17-2014 02:01 PM
For our wedding the fiance and I are looking to use some wood slices as table center pieces. We just cut some this past weekend, but my concern is that the bark stays on these slices until April 2015.
The wood is hemlock. The slices are typically about 2-1/4” to 3” thick; some even thicker. The diameters start at about 14” and range to about 20”. I have about 30-40 slices, so about at least 10 feet of tree.
They were cut with a chainsaw from a live tree about 80-100 years old. Currently they are stacked in my basement at about 55% humidity.
I am assuming it’s recommend to treat the wood with something so it doesn’t crack. PEG? Pentacryl (Expensive!!!), Anchorseal 2?
So my questions are:
1.) What conditions should I shoot for to have these dry out without cracking, warping, having the bark want to separate, etc? Dry quickly? Slow dry? I read mold is a possibility too.
2.) Should I look into shellac or some kind of wood stabalyzer for these slices?
3.) I am interested in possibly planing the ones I can get through my planner. Will do a test with a crappy slice to see if the planner messes up the back. Do you think I should plane them right away? Wait until dry?
Thanks for any help you guys might suggest!