(Closed) DIY tree slices?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We just cut a bunch and none of them have cracked substantially. Unless you want a polished look I’d just leave it au naturel. If you do want a polished look, stain or clear lacquer might be best. In terms of cracking, the only real thing to prevent it is to harvest wood that is completely dry, or dry it in a slow, controlled manner. Carpenters do this by controlling room humidity and temperature. We just looked for a tree that had fallen a while ago to harvest from, but that hadn’t started to decompose yet.

Hope this helps!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m also doing all of my own tree slices (Well my dad is lol I’m not really a chainsaw girl) and not treated them with anything either! Our wood is logs ready to be made into firewood, partially dried but not completely. You’ll be just fine πŸ™‚

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

We’ll probably end up using tree slices for the dessert table. I wouldn’t stain them, as pp said – it will be fine anyway. However, if you do want more of a shine to the wood, consider using varathane.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We kept ours natural as well and they were beautiful. We didn’t have any problem with splitting. After the wedding, many of the guests took them home with them to put on display.

We used cedar which was a deep red color wood grain and gray-ish brown bark.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

For those of you who cut your own slices, did you just use a chain saw and go straight across? Were the slices flat enough to hold vases/candles/lanterns/cakes or whatever you used them for?

Any help is appreciated! I’ve tried to contact tree removal companies to try to get some from them but haven’t heard back so it looks like I’ll be cutting them. Good thing I love chainsaws!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I don’t know why I can’t be tagged. Also, I don’t get email notifications that there was a response? I’m not sure how all these sites work. 

 

Anywho, we actually just started working on these TODAY! We did use a chain saw on a log that was a month or 2 old and the bark is staying put so far. We are using a belt sander across the top to bring out a little more the of the grain and planning to use polyurthane to seal them up. Updates soon!

 

Thanks for your help!

@Lovemelovemyhorses:  

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Forest in PA

@kbstar120:  How did this go? I think I will be attempting this project next! Just got done a BIG one today! πŸ™‚ I made a grape vine wedding arch, I am a bit nervous about the saw thing! πŸ™

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Brittanyrio:  So far so good! We are still in the process of sanding but here are some photos of the process so far. I’m planning to seal them this weekend – probably polyurthane and a spray accrylic specifically to hold the bark in tact.

I do wish I was moving along more quickly with these as some slices have a little bit of mold from sitting in our damp garage.

 

I’m planning to tackle a grapevine arch next! How did it work for you? Any advice?

Photos – #1 = not sanded, #2 sanded, #3 half and half

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Lovemelovemyhorses:  we cut ours with a chainsaw 2 months ago and just let them dry. Some of them bend a bit but none of them cracked. Even the bark is still on it.

ah, now I se how long ago you asked this πŸ˜€

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Forest in PA

@kbstar120:  You can view my blog for the arch here I have detailed instructions and pictures of the whole process. Be ready to spend lots of time but it’s worth it in the end!

http://brittanyandjustinwedding.blogspot.com/

 

My coasters also got moldy, what we did was treat them with poly. and they came out great! Thanks for the pictures yours look awesome!

Post # 14
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Wannabee

Hey girls, thanks so much for your posts first of all bc I needed this advice.Basically I was seeking other surfaces to paint other than canvases and my friend told me he he just cvvut me a bunch of wood slices but told me to look up a way to treat them so they wouldn’t crack.After reading your posts I’m assuming poly is my best bet but my ? is did you cover the entire surface front and back or just basically the area you painted on?

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

I made these recently for my younger sister’s grad party. We didn’t do them too far in advance so I’m not sure that they wouldn’t have cracked later (maybe a few days beforehand). But I bought water-based polyurethane and put that all over it, front, back, and sides. You want to make sure you put it around the bark because I’ve had trouble with the bark falling off, at least in other projects involving wood slices. We opted for the plain wood look but we’ve used them for signs too and painted the inside portion tan and then put the lettering of the sign. So it’s really a personal preference. It did take quite a few coats to get it to actually look polished so again, just depends on what look you’re going for. We used them for a cupcake display: 

Here’s a picture of the signs for an idea of how they look painted and how we had trouble with the bark coming off (by the right hoof): 

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