Control the crack then patch it
Response To:
Drying a tree slice ()

Tom dunlap
This is a procedure that I read many years ago. The tip came with result pics too so and it makes sense.

Ideally you would have three slices but two should work

We all know that there will be a radial crack in most circumstances. By making a radial cut with a bandsaw, circle saw or jig saw you're letting the slab
Dry without the radial tension tearing a ragged edged crack

Now, to patch. Make the same relief cut in the other slice/s but make
Them in another place on the slab

Once the slabs are dry you stack one on top of the other and cut a pie shaped piece to fining the radial crack you created. With some fitting the pie patch piece might not even be visible

When I first read this suggestion the woodworker included pics of
Each step. On most of the finished pieces the patch lines were almost invisible

I've never tried this patch but I know it would work.

Right now I have a 5' tall 26" diameter hollow ash trunk drying. I watched both ends for a crack. When the first crack appeared I used my circle saw to cut a ' vertical' relief cut. Right away the cut opened to ¾". Its now about 2.25" and there are no other cracks in the hollow log

When the trunk is dry I'll make another cut 180* cromnthe felief and then it one of the two pieces in half again. The 90* pieces will
Be doors for a cabinet. I'll use quarter sAwn ash fornthe shelves top and. Ottom

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