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post #1 of 4 Old 03-14-2016, 02:54 AM Thread Starter
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Live edge walnut slab benches

Hello all. I had a walnut log sawn into 2.5 inch slabs intending on making some single slab benches. I air dried for about 6 months stickered in a loft and the ends painted. I know this isn't long enough by rule of thumb, but I couldn't wait! I kept one of the better looking ones in my house for another month before I began flattening and sanding. My cheap meter read MC around 12 to 14%. I went ahead and added bowties and finished it, but now am worried I didn't let it dry enough. I haven't attached the simple steel legs yet, is this dry enough to be used indoors? I'm your experience, will the movement be enough to cause a split,twist, etc. My intent is to sell and don't want angry customers down the road!
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there are many factors. but in my opinion, if you are still at 12-14 %mc, it is not done moving yet. 2.5" is very thick for air drying to get the moisture out of the center.
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Thanks for the reply. Ok, it will move but won't the thickness and the fact no joinery exists (only four screws or so holding the legs)make the movement less of an issue? Or am I missing something entirely? This is my first attempt at log to furniture!
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Thanks for the reply. Ok, it will move but won't the thickness and the fact no joinery exists (only four screws or so holding the legs)make the movement less of an issue? Or am I missing something entirely? This is my first attempt at log to furniture!
hard to say if the expansion/contraction in the future will alter the flatness, or cause more splits. good luck.

you are correct, the limited attachments will help the cause.
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