small wood slab stool, cracking
hello all. first post here.
i am making a small childs stool for my wife.
I've cut about a 3" thick x about 13" diameter slab of cedar and plan to add 4 short legs to it.
im worried that if i drill the holes for the legs, the slab will split and fall apart. the slab now has a few minor cracks, "checks"
is this just the nature of this type of project? and cross my fingers hoping for the best?
is there a way i can prevent further splitting?
I've seen where a piece of plywood can be attached to the bottom which probably has several benetifts, but id rather not use it.
a search on you tube didn't turn up a lot.
she wants more, so I'm trying to learn the best ways to select, dry, cut, and everything else needed to make a solid stool that will last for years.
thanks in advance and looking forward to pestering you old timers with questions.