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Forum topic by CanadaJeff posted 08-16-2009 12:52 AM 1303 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-16-2009 12:52 AM

Hey LJ’s

I am making a project that involves working with bark, I have pretty much managed to get the project up to the finishing stage, but I’m a little concerned. The bark easily breaks away from the rest of the wood. I was wondering if anyone might have an idea of what I can do to try and make the bark not break away so easily.

My only thought at the moment is using a clear poly and coating the bark.

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#1 posted 08-16-2009 12:58 AM

show us a photo Jeff

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#2 posted 08-16-2009 01:22 AM

I have an old catalpa stump that I put three legs on in 1973 and then put shellac on it. It is still all together and the bark is as tight as it ever was. I used to put a coat of varnish or shellac on it every 2 or 3 years but have not now in probably 20 some years, yet it still is as good as new as it was when I first made it in 73. I’ll have to take a picture of it and put it up for a project.

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#3 posted 08-16-2009 01:36 AM

shellac is probably the best, it penetrates well, builds up nicely and gets pretty hard.. Also it covers, any other finish very well.

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#4 posted 08-16-2009 01:39 AM

Will add once again what I was taught years ago.
Trees cut dormant will retain the bark after drying, trees cut while actively growing will loose the bark after drying.
Good luck with the loose bark.

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 12:34 AM

What Jack said

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#6 posted 08-23-2009 12:54 AM

From what I know and what I go by when doing my projects is that if the tree is cut in the winter then the bark stays on and if cut in summer it falls off. But I have used polyurethane on loose bark and it has held… far but not sure later on haha!
Good Luck

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#7 posted 08-23-2009 01:18 AM

you can use one CA glue to try and stabilize it… a finish wont hold it together at all…there needs to be some actual bond between the wood and bark. to get that with finish you would need it to be really thick

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