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what is the quickest way to stop thin log slices from cracking ? Answered

I want to make and then sell various images printed onto log slices about 20 cm thick. I am happy with the printing method i have settled on but am aware that they do shrink and crack. I have ordered some polyethylene glycol but understand that i may have to soak the log slices for up to a week. Can anyone tell me if this is correct or have any other methods that i could try ?
 Thank you for you help, Kevin... 

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petercd
petercd

Best Answer 4 years ago

Quicker method would be a vacuum chamber, toss the PEG and slices inside and apply vacuum.

Once the air bubbles stop rising from the slice, you're done becuase the PEG would have replaced the evacuated air.

This is how wood is stabilized with a special resin to prevent shrinkage or warpage.

Cactus Juice seems to be the standard for stabilizing wood.

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wonderfulwoodenthings
wonderfulwoodenthings

Answer 4 years ago

Thank's that sounds like the way to go as i want to make a quality product that keeps it's look. Just got to make a vacuum chamber now and check out cactus juice. Thank's again.

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wonderfulwoodenthings
wonderfulwoodenthings

Answer 4 years ago

Sounds perfect, I shall get started on all that just as soon as my PEG powder/flakes arrive. When i have done some test pieces i will write again with the results. Which of course may be some time as i will literally be watching wood dry so a bit longer than paint.

Thank's again,

Kev ...

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

4 years ago

Yes, it sounds about right. The PEG replaces the water, it takes time.