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Forum topic by meauclaire posted 02-13-2015 05:04 PM 550 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2015 05:04 PM

Hi Guys, new to the site and it seems there is a great pool of wisdom here. I am also new to woodworking for the most part and I have what I feel is a nice treasure that I don’t want to ruin and would be extremely grateful for advice.

I acquired a nice 48” wide Box Elder Maple burl stump. It had been sitting outside for about 8 mos. I found someone who could slice it with a 48” bar chainsaw and got 3 5” plates out of it as well as the base.

What I really need to know is how do I keep everything from splitting, and what would be the best way to finish them. I was thinking some tables would be great. Anyway, how long should I let them dry out? I have a moisture tester and am curious what moisture level I should shoot for etc. As you can see I’m rambling and don’t know what to do :)

Here are some pictures of it. I think it’s beautiful inside. All advice and comments are greatly welcome.

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 05:25 PM

Yes I suggest you get some wood sealer onto it right away to stop it from checking(splitting). also don’t store it in a warm spot inside the house.I would store it in a shed and cover it to prevent it from getting wet,Keep it cold or cool if you can.I find these things might even be best outside under a porch or covering Have fun they look handsome to me.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 05:49 PM

What kind of sealer do you think would be appropriate? Also should I seal the entire outside surface? And how long should I wait until I work it? or should I work it before I seal it?

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