Log slabs. So beautiful and so underutilized! These versatile slabs ranging from 10-12″ in diameter can be used as a plant stand, fruit holder, cheese board, cake stand, candle holder…the list goes on and on!
A gorgeous, black walnut log has been curing in my VT shop for two years now. And an unidentified blonde log has been on my porch for almost equally as long since locating it on a trail run (and I dragged it back to my truck). I’m thankful that it took me this long to figure out what to do with both, because when sliced, they’re making beautiful wooden slabs. The natural grain made me so happy that I didn’t want to even finish it with a protective shellac.
The small cracks were filled with wood glue, but since both logs have been curing for so long, there weren’t many splits in either log. Once each slab was sanded down, three coats of food grade mineral oil was applied to the surfaces.
With the smaller log pedestal (with felt footies) underneath, it makes each log appear to be floating.
Moral of this building story: patience is indeed a virtue, one that I typically don’t possess. Wood can be temperamental, and it’s worth the wait to let it cure before using it. It’s important to take the time and care to sand/finish these to let their true beauty shine through in their natural form.