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Re: Cutting Slabs from Tree Base for Tabletops

walta
Is this wood cut across the stump so you can see the rings?

If so do you understand it will almost certainly crack and split leaving a pie shaped gap about 5% of the circumference? Each ring will become 5% shorter the longer rings around the outside have to move more than the shorter rings in the center squeaking the center. At some point the amount of force of the shrinking wood becomes stronger than the bonds that hold the wood together and it splits.

With that much end grain exposed I expect it will dry quickly. The best way to monitor the drying process is the record the weight when the weight stops decreasing it is dry.

Be aware this board may look massive buy may be very fragile and may break in two if it spans a gap more so after it cracks.

Walta

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