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#1 posted 08-19-2017 02:26 AM

+1 Anchorseal.

+1 leave it thick while drying. General rule of thumb for air drying boards is 1 year per inch of thickness, but since this is all end grain it will dry faster (just not sure how much faster).

Personally, I prefer the color of air dried walnut to kiln dried. If this were my slab, I’d sticker it flat somewhere out of the way, cover it with old plywood or something similar let let it be for a few years. I think there is a good chance you will get some checking in that piece when fully dry. You definitely want it fully dried before you finish it or you will have adhesion problems and probably finish failure.

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