Log Book End

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finished Bookend

Just over 30 months ago we took down 3 giant oak trees.  Two red-oaks, and one white oak.  All three were straight and full of usable wood.  The white oak we saved a good portion of for projects.  We had a guy with a portable saw-mill come out and cut up a 10′ section of the white oak trunk.  That’s still drying now and a project for a later time.

Wood

I cut off a nice 2″ thick piece of a branch to try something with:

sanded

Fresh end-grain wood like this is subject to cracking as it dries, so I did alot of research looking for ways to preserve the wood.  I came across this product called Pentacryl, it claimed to do everything I wanted, so I ordered myself 2 gallons of the stuff.  Wanting to make sure it wasn’t going to ruin my main project piece, a 30″ diameter section of the base of the trunk, I tried it on one of the larger branches I had cut.

I followed the directions, and applied the solution to it and let it sit for a week or so.  Since it’s a small piece, only about 8″ round, and dense white oak, it didn’t take much pentacryl to fill it up.  After I had it dry inside for a week,I applied some tung oil to it.  It came out nice, then I let it sit for about a year and forgot about it.

top of log

After about a year of sitting undisturbed, the surface had developed a few hairline cracks, and the once smooth surface was noticeably not smooth anymore.  I left it alone for almost a further year while I thought of what I wanted to do with it.  Eventually, one day I got the idea to make a book end out of it.  Something that would allow me to still see the end, but also appreciate the beauty of it.

L brakcets

So I took it out and sanded the bumps out of it down to 220 grit sandpaper.  I attached 2 L brackets to the bottom, and applied 3 new fresh coats of tung oil to it.  Now it’s all finished and holding up my Yellowstone & Grand Tetons Book.

I’m sorry I don’t have too many photos of the actual cutting, and sanding, and applying the pentacryl.  I can assure you, it was all boring cutting, and painting and sanding work, trust me, nothing special.  I didn’t measure anything here, nothing is square, it’s very rustic, that was the point of it.

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