2325 Log

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Project by cmmyakman posted 09-24-2018 10:47 PM 799 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received this Log from a friend’s wife. My friend’s wife requested that I inscribe their address on the wood. I have never done this before, and while it took a lot of time and required a bunch of chemicals, I was pretty happy with the end result. I was surprised how well I could stay inside the lines with the small hand held router and hand chisel to make the numbers.

I learned I should have flattened and applied masking tape to the wood before carving into it. The primer and black paint penetrated a lot further into the wood than I expected. All that end grain soaked up a lot of walnut colored Danish Oil on the bottom (needs 3 days to dry before applying anything on top of it) and a lot of wipe on poly on the top surface. I sprayed more than a can of Spar Urethane by Varathane onto the 3 surfaces (Top, Bottom and Bark). I also applied Epoxy Resin into the remaining cracks.

My friend’s wife put the log out into the open, I hope it lasts for a while, but I have my doubts. I would have put the log on the covered porch, where it would have at least had a fighting chance to survive!!

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#1 posted 09-25-2018 01:43 AM

NIce work. I agree with your doubts, endgrain sitting permanently on mulch ain’t long for this world unless it is cedar or locust or something else that is rot resistant.

-- Galootish log blog,

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Luis M

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#2 posted 09-25-2018 11:57 AM

Carving end grain, doesn’t sound very pleasant. You did a great job! For that log piece to have a fighting chance it would have to be encased in epoxy. At least you figured out a good process to get it done for next time.

-- Luis

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#3 posted 09-25-2018 01:12 PM

Thank you very much for your comments Luis & Swirt. I’ll contact the owners and let them know.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 09-25-2018 01:36 PM

Great job!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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