I have a piece of red oak (flitch) approx. 1 1/4 inches thick and intended for making a desk top. I would like to preserve the bark on the edge (some 8″ or so has already separated from one end) but I don’t have much experience in rustic woodworking. Should I simply glue it? Will the rest of it remain attached or is there something I can do to insure that it remains so?
The same piece of wood has some cracking around some wild grain. I don’t simply want to use the usual wood filler and since it is red oak, I think that I need something to fill the grain to create a surface appropriate for a desk. Suggestions?