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Forum topic by FloridaCracker posted 04-11-2018 05:07 PM 633 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-11-2018 05:07 PM

What the least likely species not to crack to hell. I am ruling out oak. Maple did ok but the log was dried first. Need to make a rather good size one for my daughters wedding cake. All ready sent her about 20 maple about 12 inch dia and have about dozed left to finish sitting in the garage. Dont have time to properly dry will just have to cut and oil.

-- FloridaCracker

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#1 posted 04-11-2018 05:12 PM

I have never found a wood that doesn’t check but, I do find that Walnut and Cherry both tend to stay in one piece. In other words, even though there are some cracks, you could generally slice it up into cookies that would likely stay usable. I always seal the ends of logs with anchorseal before I store them so YMMV…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 04-11-2018 05:19 PM

All wood will crack sawn off the end of the log. It’s simply not avoidable if you don’t know why we will be happy to explain why.
There is a possible way you can get buy and that’s to make a relief cut from the outside to the center. Then stick a wedge from another cookie to fill the crack or gap. Maybe even two or three relief cut?

-- Aj

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#3 posted 04-11-2018 10:04 PM

I know why, but Like i said i have made cookies that have no cracks there from dried logs. I dont have time to wait for that.

You guys just gave me an idea oak splits big time but generally on big split from my samples. i split the cookins and splice one together with bicuts. The trick will be to keep the bark on.

I have oak pine and some others but no chery or walnut. well walnut trees are not common

-- FloridaCracker

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#4 posted 04-11-2018 10:26 PM

You could try cutting out the centers with
a scroll saw, letting them dry, then re-fit
the plug. A hole saw for dryer vents could
work too, but it would leave a hole in the
middle and wouldn’t follow the ring pattern.
With a round plug and hole router templates
could be made for trimming after they are
dry and I imagine refitting would be simpler.

There’s stuff called as I recall peg-5000 which
stabilizes wet wood but it’s pricey.

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#5 posted 04-12-2018 12:51 AM

Seems like this question keeps coming up recently- must be wedding season

I’d just cut 5x more than you need and hope there is enough usable. Or wait and cut the day before so it can’t dry and crack in time

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#6 posted 04-12-2018 04:51 PM

My daughter asked for on 14 inches and bigger for the cake to sit on . Wedding is in June. I have no dry wood Been trying to make some out of oak. It only takes one night to split. I have smaller sizes different wood that hardly ever split. Its the only tree i found that doesn’t split. It never gets big. I have about 12 sitting in the shop to be finished and shipped to here. I guess allot of people will take home an new cutting board or hot pad.

-- FloridaCracker

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#7 posted 04-12-2018 05:45 PM

Soak them in PEG, polyethylene glycol, to prevent splitting in wet wood.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#8 posted 04-12-2018 07:15 PM

I did some for my daughters wedding back in October, I had some logs around and cut them a week before the wedding, stuck some danish oil on them to dress them up and they were fine for a couple of months

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#9 posted 04-27-2018 05:02 PM

Well i found out the planer works great, like it was meant to cut end grain. who would of thought? Cuts the cookies better than boards. Ran a dozen in no time not one ounce of kick back. I cut about 25 a few weeks ago from three types of trees not one crack in any. Cant get one from oak that wont crack.

-- FloridaCracker

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