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Got several pies from a very old elm tree that I will be making into tables for fun. The pie is Elm and the base is Hickory that I got from a pile of throwaways from a lumber mill.
The pie is actually a branch from a 150+ tree. There are 70 growth rings in each side.
It was cut down in 2012 and it's fun to count backwards to see how big the branch was when I was born.
The 2 pieces are put together with a floating tenon.
I experimented with different filers for the cracks just for fun as buying a two part epoxy is not in my budget.
Finished with a natural stain and several coats of poly.

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nice job. How long did you wait after the initial cut before you started working with it? I am always trying to figure out how to prevent the cracking. I've tried cutting them on more of angle (hoping to get more long grain) but that doesn't working.

I'm thinking about painting them as soon as they are cut, then sanding that off in a year or so, but its that whole patience thing that drives me insane.
 

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Really cool. I like these a lot.
 

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Neat! We had a thriving elm in the backyard that suddenly succumbed to DED last spring. I managed to grab a quarter sawn slab for sawhorses but now wish I'd gotten some "pies". I'm surprised that yours is so old because our had over a 3' diameter trunk but it had only about 70 rings. I wondered if the infection had driven it to over-compensate because it had added over a foot to it's radius in the last 15 years.
 

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Nice.

Painting works but it does take time and cannot be accelerated. I cut down a Swamp Mahogany that had outgrown its location. Retained the trunk to its first fork, about 3 metres. Painted all cut ends and left it where it fell for over a year. My eldest wanted some furniture so sent it to a mill and he made a great table from it. 7 years later and no cracks. Worth the patience.
 

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That's a beauty! Like the beautiful wood and the bark inclusion, very cool and interesting table. Great job!
 
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