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John Smith

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#1 posted 12-30-2019 12:58 PM

what you have is a 1” thick “cookie” slice from a tree.
that thickness is not the most desirable for a table project. cookie slices that thin
have the potential to be haunted by movement and splitting for years to come.
you have a lot of work to do before you get to the final finishing part, so put that
in your back pocket for the time being.
focus on getting it flat and looking pretty and do the bow ties and fill the cracks
with epoxy as you indicated. the bow tie will be the mechanical holding force
in the cracks – not the epoxy itself. after all that is done, figure out what kind of base
or legs will be supporting it. this process will be allowing the wood to become acclimated
to your home environment and hopefully stabilize any further movement issues.
as for leaving the bark on, that is also a controversial and sometimes passionate subject.
if you really want to keep it on, do it – and just address any parts coming loose in the future
as they occur. I have seen bark stay on for years – and also bark that fell off in 30 days.
your project = your call.

The Hardwood Store of NC carries a large variety of wood products. do you know exactly
which species of wood you purchased from them ?

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