How do I prepare a walnut slice for end table? - Router Forums
 33Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 07:30 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bryansong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: bryan
Posts: 720
 
Default How do I prepare a walnut slice for end table?

I got a slice of walnut a couple of inches thick and a couple of feet in diameter yesterday when the woodsmen cut down the neighbors tree next door. I'd like to make an end table for my mother so I'd like to know how to prepare the wood as to keep it from cracking. I was told by the woodman I needed to sand it and poly it pretty fast or it'd crack but I I'm afraid it's too wet to sand very well. I'd also like to take the bark off and router the edge making it look more finished.

How do you think I should handle this?

Bryan
bryansong is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 08:39 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 25,096
 
Default

is the wood still green???
is it all end grain???

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
Stick486 is online now  
post #3 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 09:27 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bryansong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: bryan
Posts: 720
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
is the wood still green???
is it all end grain???
Yes and yes. It was a healthy growing tree. It is all end grain, a cross cut slice of the trunk.
bryansong is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #4 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 10:48 AM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 25,096
 
Default

let it dry for 3 or 4 years and get back to us if it isn't all split and checked..
Ray Newman and bryansong like this.

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”
Stick486 is online now  
post #5 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 12:07 PM
Registered User
 
DaninVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 13,949
 
Default

Bryan; I think what Stick was trying to say, in his unique style ( ; ), was that the wood is going to shrink, you can't stop it from doing that. Moisture travels vertically in the tree through almost microscopic channels; very little can move outwards towards the bark.
Prevailing wisdom has been, for logs at least, to get the bark off as soon as possible to prevent insect damage and rot. In the case of a round section the bark isn't going to prevent shrinkage, so for the bug and rot reasons, personally I'd strip the bark off...way easier when it's 'green'. As for slowing down the rapid drying through the end grain, sealing it with one of the products made specifically for the purpose is worth a try. I think the way it's stored is going to be hugely important.
Because the wood will lose moisture from both end grain faces, I think it's going to dry way faster than a plank would.

Lee Valley End Sealer for Logs - Lee Valley Tools

Oh! And before I forget, the new Lee Valley catalogue is out!!

Lee Valley Tools - Online Catalog
DaninVan is offline  
post #6 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bryansong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: bryan
Posts: 720
 
Default

url=http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?cat=1,190,42942&p=20099]Lee Valley End Sealer for Logs - Lee Valley Tools[/url]

Oh! And before I forget, the new Lee Valley catalogue is out!!

Lee Valley Tools - Online Catalog
[/QUOTE]


Dan,

So do you think I should remove the bark, buy sealer and seal both top and bottom then leave it in my cool dry basement shop garage for the period of a few years until it's dry, then I can sand it down to size and fashion it into a piece of fine furniture?
I can do that, at least the first few parts of that question.

I'll order the sealer right away.
Thank you.
bryansong is offline  
post #7 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 01:22 PM
Registered User
 
DaninVan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Country: Canada
First Name: Dan
Posts: 13,949
 
Default

Bryan; I'm the wrong guy to give you a definitive answer but if it were me that's exactly what I'd do. I think I'd make sure there was air flow across both faces, ie not lay it flat on the concrete. Put some narrow strips under the bottom face.
(concrete doesn't like wood! Bad s**t happens when they're in close contact.)

I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't below 20% moisture content in a year. It's not thick and the exposed face area is enormous relative to the cubic volume of wood. What's the moisture content at right now?
Keep a record; maybe check once a month(?). I think everyone would be interested in how it's working out.
At the very least you'll have some nice Walnut for end grain cutting boards.
http://www.swst.org/edu/teach/teach1/structure1.pdf
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	wood.PNG
Views:	76
Size:	424.5 KB
ID:	297337  

DaninVan is offline  
post #8 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 01:37 PM
Forum Contributor
 
Stick486's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Country: United States
First Name: Stick
Posts: 25,096
 
Default

Quote:
I'll order the sealer right away.
Thank you.
so far so good..
use wax on the end grain only... bee or canning wax but not generic candle wax...

...
Attached Files
File Type: pdf WAX.pdf (44.1 KB, 45 views)
jj777746 and bryansong like this.

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

Stick....
Forget the primal scream, just ROAR!!!
"SNORK Mountain Congressional Library and Taxidermy”

Last edited by Stick486; 09-06-2017 at 01:48 PM.
Stick486 is online now  
post #9 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
bryansong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2015
Country: United States
First Name: bryan
Posts: 720
 
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stick486 View Post
so far so good..
use wax on the end grain only... bee or canning wax but not generic candle wax...

...
Not so good yet, I can't order this item from Lee Valley according to Lee Valley. It says I have to purchase from my local dealer but I have no local dealer. (I contacted customer support via email)
That person wrote

"
Thank you for your inquiry. The End Sealer is only available at our retail store locations. Unfortunately, we cannot ship it to the US as it is a consumer’s commodity and we do not have the required labelling. We searched the Internet and found the following Websites which may be of interest to you: "

http://uccoatings.com/products/anchorseal/
Canadian Log Home Supply - UV BOOST: Stain Additive to Reduce UV Damage to Wood for log homes in Canada.
https://www.permachink.com/wood-finishes/log-end-seal

I need to make another selection on a sealer. What about some other paint sealer I can buy at a Home Depot or Lowes, water base I hope?
bryansong is offline  
post #10 of 53 (permalink) Old 09-06-2017, 04:00 PM
Forum Contributor
 
DesertRatTom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Tom
Posts: 16,005
 
Default

I got some sealer at Rockler, about a 4,000 year supply. Green Wood End Sealer-Select Option - Rockler Woodworking Tools, $17 by the quart.

A few years ago we had a Cottonwood removed (a weed, really) and kept a few of the 3-4 foot sections of trunk. We used a couple for outdoor tables. Stripped of the bark. They have cracked, but it's yard art. Don't be disappointed if yours does the same, even with this stuff on it.

Were you able to get any logs? Slice and dry those and you could have some nice lunber in a year or two. Even 2 ft long pieces will give you some nice stock for small projects. You guys holding up with the storms?

The more I do, the less I accomplish.

Last edited by DesertRatTom; 09-06-2017 at 04:09 PM.
DesertRatTom is online now  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Router Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in











Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Add a jig saw table to your table saw pbriggs8 Project Plans and How To 11 06-14-2016 09:16 PM
35 Year Old Black Walnut Slab Becomes a Rustic Modern Coffee Table Billy Boy Show N' Tell 11 06-24-2013 01:22 PM
Dust Evacuation on Router Table Guitarman1 Table-mounted Routing 15 04-29-2013 02:51 AM
Dust Collection on Table Saw Router Table Extension Guitarman1 Table-mounted Routing 0 10-02-2011 03:32 PM
Sold: Router Table or Table Top -Sam- Woodworking Classifieds 10 01-29-2005 10:15 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome