wood slabs. Preserving needed???

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Does he know it will be ‘months’?

I am having mine doen a few months before the wedding and I am not preserving. I think they will be fine. Just make sure everyone is gentle and have some extras cut just in case.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Same here, we’re not planning to do anything with the wood we’ll use for our reception. We cut some of it last weekend and it’s now indoors to dry out before we do the final cuts. The cracks only occurs if you cut the wood when it’s moist.

Also, I don’t think cracks are that bad as long as you don’t plan to write on the wood!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

We did this for our wedding.  I had the wood cut in January for a March wedding.  It was shocking to see that the wood still had tonnes of moisture in it as the linen got damp at the wedding.  Our wood held up just fine without preserving and had a few cracks..but I attribute that to being stored in a heated garage.

One tip…the thicker the slices the better.  Ours were around 1.5 to 2″.  Also store them ln the bark side.  If you place the cut side down it could mold with the moisture in it.

 

Good luck.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@IreneRon:  I still have all my wedding wood and it is still in our heated garage.  Yes most are cracked but not all.  I have a few that did not crack that I am saving to hang on our wall.  I wil, preserve them.  I know pinterest has a few diy wood preserving posts. 

Post # 8
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@IreneRon:  I just cut some wood slabs last month to use in my wedding in September.  They have been on my patio.  A few of them have split really bad, to the point where I can’t use them! The bark has fallen off as well.  I reserched a product called Pentracryl but is hard to find unless ordered online and it is pricy since you have to soak the slabs, completely covered in the solution.  I haven’t been able to find any info about using a laquer, but I am going to go this route since I already have some on hand.  I will post my results as soon as I add this to my to do list!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

@IreneRon:  

We cut a few wood disks and they DID crack, so we figured out a few ways of stopping that.

I’m not sure how well this one would work for slabs, but we covered ours in hairspray. Cheap, quick, easy, didn’t mess up the wood and it smelt good too 🙂

This one really should work on a slab of wood. We also tried this one and while it did work, ir was more time consuming and it slightly discoloured the wood. Soak it in methylated spirits for at least 12 hours (probably more for a large slab of wood). The idea behind this is that the methylated spirits will replace the water in the wood, and as methylated spirits is a non-swelling liquid, when it dries the wood should stay the same size, rather than shrinking (which is what causes the cracking).

Both those worked for us, but I noticed that if there are any ‘defects’ in the wood the hairspray will absolutely not stop it from cracking. Not sure about the methylated spirits, we only used that on one disk to compare the results of each, we’re not even using the wood now anyway -.-

PEG will also seal it and you can buy other sealants from hardware stores, or even make a salt paste and try that, but I never used any of those methods so I can’t comment on how well they work.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - Forest in PA

@autumnsky:  How did you cut your wood slabs? What kind of saw did you use? We were thinking of using a chain saw, I did not know if that would work. Thank you!

 

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I ordered mine off Ebay from “woodmanwillie”  Free shipping and he does not cut them until you order.  He has different sizes.  They came in pretty quick and are absolutely gorgeous.  He said to bring out the beauty in the wood to use lemon oil.  Do not know about preserving them.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We are doing wooden coasters for our wedding with a custom stamp on them. My dad and uncle cut the wood themselve. We soaked the coasters in Pentracryl. My dad bought it from a lumber dealer by the gallon, I think. It’s too soon to comment on cracking, but I do think it helped for bugs(It also really made the ink on the stamp pop!). We had some larger stumps that were too big to Pentacryl and when I’m alone in the garage with them I can hear the bugs munching away on those. *shudder* Luckily those pieces arent going anywhere near the tables…

Post # 12
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Wannabee

For a natural look just use mineral oil to bring out luster

 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2020

Did you want it without a protective finish? How many months?

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Mine were cut several months in advance. We sanded them immediately then just kept them inside the house and they didn’t crack at all. The bark may become a little brittle but overall you’ll totally be fine!!! Just keep it out of harsh weather by leaving it in the house. Treat it like a new family member haha!

Post # 15
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Wannabee

For those of you who cut the slabs yourselves, what type of saw did you use?

 

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