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Re: Curing a large "cookie" to make a table (or tw

Don Stephan
Don't be surprised if it develops one or more large splits from the bark to the growth center as it dries. Wood shrinks on average perhaps 50% more along the growth rings (tangential) than across the growth rings (radial) and this creates stresses that often are relieved by splitting.

There was some recent discussion perhaps here with the suggestion to combine two disks into one after drying. If you do that, you might consider making one or two saw cuts, in different places on the two disks, so that the drying splits are offset.

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