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post #1 of 5 Old 09-20-2017, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions wanted.

So I have to ask and see what your opinions are.
I have some old tree stumps that I cut up from Christmas trees from past years.
My wife and I have been talking and she wants to make ornaments out of them.
So I was wondering after sanding them and wood burning the design on to the tree stump (or little disks) should I seal them with anything so the don't crack or are they going to crack being how they are the size of the palm of your hand and 1/4 inch think (estimating).
What do you guys think? What would you do?
I just don't want to make them and then the crack or break.
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It would be a good idea to cover them with something, if nothing else it would make them last longer with out handling damage
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I use Danish oil on Pieces I turn green. Makes them dry really slow and prevents cracking.
If the wood is already dry, then just about any type of finish would work. I like to use Wood Turners Finish.
There are smaller bottles available from other sources. 1 - 5 coats for a mat to semi-gloss, more coats to get a high shine.
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I use Danish oil on Pieces I turn green. Makes them dry really slow and prevents cracking.
If the wood is already dry, then just about any type of finish would work. I like to use Wood Turners Finish.
There are smaller bottles available from other sources. 1 - 5 coats for a mat to semi-gloss, more coats to get a high shine.
If greater than 5% moisture, you'll need to air dry with a wax like mateial then allow to air dry about a year per inch. Or you can put the pieces into a container and pull a vacuum . Then upon vacuum introduce some RV antifreeze that is proplyene glycol, not the auto type that is toxic ( ethylene glycol). This displaces the water and after an hour in the vacuum device the wood will be stabilized. Tom

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Are these stumps of the part of the trunk that you cut off to shorten the tree?

If they are several years old they are probable already dry. What size pieces are you writing about. At one point above you used the word discs.

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