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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 02-15-2019 12:38 PM 306 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-15-2019 12:38 PM

So when creating things I get that there’s multiple options for many tasks. I know my bowties should be 1/4”-1/2” deep. But im not sure what the ideal locations are for the slab shown in the video. Maybe even one big one to cover both checks? Not sure.. also, the knots have checks..will they need to be refinished after like 5 years or should the checks on the knots stay closed enough? The piecewas dried for 2 years https://youtu.be/GTKQW5Uwxhc


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#1 posted 02-15-2019 01:08 PM

how long has this slab been drying and how was it dried and stored before you got it ?
have you checked the moisture content on several areas of it ?
it is a very nice piece of wood and should finish up nicely.

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#2 posted 02-15-2019 01:20 PM

I cut it down and ripped it. Year and a half stacked in a new England barn attic with good air flow. Don’t know how to check moisture

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#3 posted 02-15-2019 10:44 PM

the rule of thumb for drying slabs is one year per inch of material.
so if your slab is 2” thick, it should have dried for 2 years (or more).
the attic storage may be in your favor, time wise.
as for the bowties, I would use two per crack. you can make them yourself or purchase
a template from the online supply stores. I would not go with one big tie for two cracks.

the knots are usually filled with epoxy and left it at that.
you can mix epoxy with coffee grounds, sawdust, etc if you want to match the color.
you can find a moisture meter at Harbor Freight or
other tool or woodworking stores. as well as E-Bay, Amazon, etc.

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#4 posted 02-15-2019 10:52 PM

I vote no bow ties.. maybe build a couple pieces, give them away and see what people think

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