Preventing the dreaded CRACK (properly drying of a crosscut disk)
I recently took down a large red oak near my house…about 36″ diameter at base. Four logs are going on the LT40 for boards. There was a 4′ butt log that was to short for boards so I am going to cut it laterally and make round end tables to display the growth rings.
One of the arborists stated that they had done something similar and to use multiple applications of Butcher’s Wax to displace the water and prevent cracking.
Question. Has anyone else done this or something similar to prevent cracking along the rays? I don’t want a table full of corrugated nails or bow ties (although this could be an interesting look).
Will this displace the water? Apply to one side so the moisture is forced out the back? Apply to both sides simultaneously so the water is forced out the sides?
Also, by applying this much wax ,will this change the look of the red oak?
thanks for the advice in advance!!