How to prepare or store a section of trunk for furniture or decorative use?

I have a section of maple tree trunk thats about 4" thick. The diameter is roughly 3 feet.
Tree was cut down about 2 months ago. It's been sitting in a storage room (70f, 40-50% humidity).
How should it be stored or cured or dried (or what-ever) prior to being prepared for some sort of use - maybe as a decoration or a table-top ?
Should it be stored? Or should it be sanded, planed, stained or sealed ASAP?
Are there any web sites that might have some good info on this?
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If you haven't already put that waxy green wood sealer on both ends, it's probably already too late. The wood want's to begin drying immediately and start checking and cracking. Such a sealer is available from Rockler among other places.
I believe there's a chemical called Pentacryl that's used to keep green wood from checking and cracking. You soak the piece in it, and the chemical displaces the water in the wood cells. I might be wrong on that name, but I'm sure such a chemical is available.
FWIW, I've got a couple of log sections around 2 feet in dia x 2 feet long in my garage sealed with green wood sealer from Rockler for around a year with no visible checking or cracking. Yet.
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