We just lost our 100 year old + oak. I saved a "ring" and want to
sand it and shallac it. Does the wood need to be dried before I work
The slice is about 38 inches across and in great shape.
On 15 Jan 2006 07:21:41 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Google this newsgroup for past posts on dealing with these.
Drying rings is _not_ a simple process. By and large, they will _not_
work and will crack instead. Search back for explanations, techniques
to use them despite this, and ways that might work to avoid the cracking
(with some significant constraints to them).
If you want to save some timber, turn the log into boards and dry those.
You'll get a lot more use out of them that way. A 38" oak is a useful
size - there's usable timber in that.
As I understand it, the only way to preserve a full ring of a tree is
to completely saturate it with PEG (PolyEthylene Glycol). Apparently
some finishes will go over this, but I don't know about shellac.
Do lots of googling, and find some PEG before your ring dries any more.
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