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« Reply #410 on: October 01, 2019 07:15:45 AM »

I think it's such a grand idea!  How did you address the problem with checking in the middle of the tables?

It was definitely a balancing act lol.  Once a reliable center was found, a hole was drilled into each disc and into its place on the base.  A piece of dowl rod, about 3 inches long, is used to attach and keep them in place.
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« Reply #411 on: October 01, 2019 08:34:24 AM »

What I meant was, how do you keep them from cracking?  Usually logs that size will split in the middle.
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« Reply #412 on: October 01, 2019 12:21:31 PM »

I don't know.  Any suggestions are geatly appreciated.  From what I have read, there is no definitive way to prevent cracking.   These were dried and sealed.  Some of the discs that were sawed do have splits and are being earmarked for other crafts.     One idea is to tinker with epoxy or another clear product to fill the cracks, possibly adding pebbles or other elements.  Time will tell how long these last. Smiley
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« Reply #413 on: October 01, 2019 06:35:41 PM »

There's an instalation at our local gallery, an entire tree cut into slices and assembled on the floor. Each round has a hole cut through the centre, like a donut, to prevent splitting as the wood dries.
I like your idea of filling cracks in with pebbles & such though. That would look great!
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« Reply #414 on: October 01, 2019 11:32:54 PM »

I have had limited success with super glue and sometimes epoxy.  If you wrap the outside of the rounds with plastic wrap and pour the epoxy into the cracks, then sand after the epoxy dries, you can usually stop the cracking.  I have also used wax to slow the drying process.  It's almost always an experiment.
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« Reply #415 on: October 02, 2019 07:22:41 AM »

My father used to tape plastic over the ends of cut segments to even out the drying; so far as I recall seeing this didn't prevent cracks, but it did minimize them. 
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« Reply #416 on: October 02, 2019 08:14:03 AM »

Anything that you can do to seal the end grain will minimize the cracking.  You can even paint it, but just remember that paint always leaves a color residue. 
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« Reply #417 on: October 02, 2019 10:13:22 AM »

The cracking is something that I don't want happening to a gift, so this is not being taken lightly.  Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.  They will come in handy as more projects are tackled.  Several are in line but the garage can only fit a couple being worked on at a time.   That gallery tree must be quite a display to see, clm.
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« Reply #418 on: October 03, 2019 04:55:40 AM »

I have a lot of fabric:

The finished project here.

Also made a pouch for my man and while I was at it, a tutorial for you!
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« Reply #419 on: October 03, 2019 11:56:00 AM »

Your table is really cool, JS!

Cute pouches, CLM!

My older son came up with a project for me this week - a Super Mario Power Up Acorn. He originally wanted to make it out of cardboard, but I reminded him that he had some felt in his craft supplies and he asked me to make it. Of course, he now wants the whole collection of power ups.



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Two of my nieces' birthdays are this month, and they're each getting a shawl in their favorite colors. I only have one done so far and the other started.
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