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Posted on which is a good wood for a relatively large project?

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#1 posted 10-14-2020 10:10 PM

One sawmill has offered a 4-8 inch thick fresh sawn slab, undried. I assume it may split or warp over time, correct?
Plan A was to get a thick dried slab, and have the ends of the crosspiece extend no more than 5 inches out to the sides from the ring. I was thinking after carving it would still be at least 3 inches thick and that would be sturdy enough, despite the cross grain issue. Still a concern?
I was wanting to avoid glue for durability, but it sounds like epoxy may last. Is there any reason (other than cost) to not glue 2 pieces of 2 1/2 inch slab together with the grain running 90 degrees to each other to make a 5 inch thick slab? I would avoid having to notch out a channel for the crosspiece that way, which if it does separate over time would be in a bad aesthetic spot. It would be 2 pieces of slab glued horizontally.
I expect to oil it regularly, rather than polyurethane sealant, if that makes any difference on the durability of glue.

I really appreciate the help y’all are giving here.

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