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#1 posted 02-22-2019 04:58 PM

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Depending on how thick it is your slab may not be ready to use for some time longer than a few months as a rule of thumb wood needs 1 year of drying time for every inch of thickness depending on where and how is stored to dry and what kind of atmosphere it s in. , If you make a table out of it before it s dry you risk the possibility of the top cracking or twisting. As far as finishes are concerned Arm R Seal is a strong durable finish it is oil based so it will bring out the grain and color of the wood without any additional finish.

- a1Jim

Thanks Jim. It’s about 4 inches thick, but end grain, which I gather can dry more quickly than regular wood slabs. It’s been drying about 18 months so far. Regardless, I have a pinless moisture meter with which I have been checking the moisture periodically. I’d love to get started but definitely plan on waiting until it’s adequately dried out.

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