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Forum topic by jerry123 posted 05-01-2015 02:42 PM 826 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-01-2015 02:42 PM

My daughter wants a bunch of slices of logs on tables for her wedding reception. Of course, it splits within a week. is there any to prevent that? i’m cutting a maple log into discs about 1 inch thick and want to prevent them splitting, or checking, when they dry.

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#1 posted 05-01-2015 04:49 PM

You can TRY soaking them in denatured alcohol. Unfortunately the characteristics of wood are such that most “cookies” (cross cut sections of logs/limbs) will crack due to differences in shrinkage in various parts of the cookie.

Good luck!


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#2 posted 05-01-2015 07:17 PM

I’ve posted this many times. It does work and will prevent splitting. I actually helped somebody make exactly what you are trying to do. It’s been over five years and not a single one has cracked or split.

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