Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Central Florida
what ever you make, it should not be an item that is handled a lot.
train track sleepers are "normally" preserved under pressure with
creosote and other nasty carcinogens that may take decades to
leave the wood safe enough to handle on a regular basis.
a member last week in the UK had the same issue. only he wanted
to make wooden kitchen utensils from it - that would come into direct
contact with food.
you may want to re-think the items you want to make.
personally - I would make a nice wooden plaque back and fasten the
wood slivers to it with a nice engraved brass tag indicating the history.
and give that to family members.
I would just dry it out in the sun and not even remove the moss. (it will
eventually die and turn brown - then you can spray it with a poly or shellac).
just present it as found on the plaque.
after you make something out of it, it looses its history once it is passed
from one person to another. the display plaque is permanent.
This is what I mean by putting the wood on a plaque. (safe for everyone).
-- Failure is proof that you at least tried ~ now, go do it again, and again, until you get it right --
Last edited by John Smith_inFL; 08-09-2019 at 05:22 PM.