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This is a piece of Bodock and my niece wants me to make her a bunch of these and sell them as coasters. I need to do something to keep the bark from falling off. What would be the best and easiest way to do this?


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It will almost certainly break off no matter how you do it. And the cracks will continue unless it is thoroughly dried out first. Consider adding a thin piece on the bottom with felt on it and glue it to the bottom to add strength. Or talk your daughter into taking the bark off first and maybe round over the edges to give it a more finished look? Resin the whole thing might help some, but I doubt you will be able to keep the bark on because you can't really glue it on 100 percent.The first time one gets dropped the outer edge of the bark is going to break off. Not to be negative about this, but better to know up front. When the bark breaks it will no longer be nice looking.

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??? Polyethylene Glycol PEG Green Wood Stabilizer ???

From Rockler: Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Green Wood Stabilizer - Rockler Woodworking Tools

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You make them, and YOU sell them? Or you make them, and SHE sells them?

Best and easiest way to keep the bark on? No brainer. You cut them, give them to her, and let her figure out how keep the bark on. 'Cause if you try to keep the bark on, and it fails, it will come back to bite you in the butt. So, let her try to keep the bark on, and it'll be her worry if it doesn't work, not yours.

Me, I'd probably just nail it on. Hehehe
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Clearly some misunderstanding about what casting resin is and does...
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Casti...MREeLvtP1j07ug
It encapsulates the object entirely in a rock hard block; nothing is falling off. Ever.
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Your best shot at keeping the bark on is to use wood from a tree that was cut down in the winter, when the tree is dormant.

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What Mike said will help. Once the sap goes down shrinkage is reduced. I've sprayed lacquer on bark and it stayed on. It takes 3 or 4 coats just to fill the bark up and then several more before it starts getting shiny. If they are being used as coasters Dan's suggestion is probably the best as the epoxy is close to impervious to the heat or condensation that the coaster will be subjected to.

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