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Old 01-09-2014, 02:22 PM   #1
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Default Drying wood Xmas tree bases...

Hello, I am getting married and I have decided to use wood Xmas tree bases as my centre pieces. I gave collected a fair few and brought them into my house. They have started to crack.... What can I do to stop this and fix the cracks??

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I have coated the ends in candle wax and popped them in my garage. I hope they are not ruined.
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There are not too many ways to stop the cracking, especially in soft green wet wood like what you want to use. In general the wood turners seal the ends, like you did, and hope for the best. The wood has to dry slowly typically natural air drying is 1 year / inch.
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Thank you, I think I made a mistake bringing them into my house

They are now in the garage stacked like this...

Is this the correct way?

Also if they do crack are they dead?

Sorry for all the questions.
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As long as they have airflow around them. Some turners fill cracks with colored epoxy or crushed stone mixed with epoxy.
What do you plan on doing with them? I know centerpieces but will you shape them.
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What you are trying to do can be very challenging. Wood cut in cross sections is the most prone to checking and splitting. Mosture will pass much more rapidly through the end grain of a cross cut section that it will through the face grain of a flat board. Since most of the surface area of the cross cut sections is end grain, it is much more prone to instability due to rapid changes in moisture content.

Pentacryl is a product used to stabilize the wood and control the drying process. Here's a link to their website, with a description of how to do exactly what you are trying to do. I don't know if it's practical and/or cost effective for your use, but hopefully will answer your question.

Stabilizing a Cross-Cut Section of Wood with Pentacryl Preservation Solutions Preservation Solutions
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Hello I am trying to make this...

I have used candle wax on them all... Some have cracked already? Can I bring them back to life?
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What you are trying to do can be very challenging. Wood cut in cross sections is the most prone to checking and splitting. Mosture will pass much more rapidly through the end grain of a cross cut section that it will through the face grain of a flat board. Since most of the surface area of the cross cut sections is end grain, it is much more prone to instability due to rapid changes in moisture content.

Pentacryl is a product used to stabilize the wood and control the drying process. Here's a link to their website, with a description of how to do exactly what you are trying to do. I don't know if it's practical and/or cost effective for your use, but hopefully will answer your question.

Stabilizing a Cross-Cut Section of Wood with Pentacryl Preservation Solutions Preservation Solutions
Hi Bill, this may be a bit expensive, I have used candle wax as I want to try and keep costs down. I got the wood for free... Just want to try and keep it so I can use it. It doesn't have to be perfect, as you can see from the pic above what I want to do.

Feeling very disappointed at the moment and like I won't be able to have them
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Once they are cracked they won't uncrack per se but you can slow down the process by doing what you have done so far. You can fill the cracks later on, or you can dowel the piece or you can actually accentuate the crack and make it part of the art. Do not despair..
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From the picture you show, some cracking will be OK, actually add the the reality of wood. Some people like the more rustic look. Of course, if they crack in half you would have to deal with that another way. When is the wedding? Oh, and congrats!
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