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    Keeping bark on the board

    I'm working on a nice walnut slab and want to keep the bark. What can I use to make sure the bark doesn't deteriorate and become brittle and fall off?
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    My understanding is that the bark will more likely remain on the board if the tree is harvested while dormant during winter. My only experience is with walnut trees that were felled in the summer. The bark has not remain attached to the boards we cut from the logs. On the other hand, I built a cherry coffee table from logs that do have the bark attached and it is still stable on the sides of the top.
    Rustic? Well, no. That was not my intention!

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    Lawrence, this is my experience and just that, so take this with a grain of salt. But it has worked for me. I have used thinned CA glue on some of my live edge bowls that had been harvested in the late spring. The bark came off easily, but after CA glue it held up nicely. I have also used satin spar varnish lightly dribbled on the bark and after it cured it has held up. For how long is anyone's guess.
    SWE

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    My experience is I have thinned expoxy with denatured alchol and brushed a couple coats on. I have pieces with the bark on for about 10 years now

    Bob

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    If it's not kiln dried, you are rolling the dice that there are no insect eggs under that bark.

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    If it's not kiln dried, you are rolling the dice that there are no insect eggs under that bark.
    True words. Treat with BoraCare or similar borax product to make sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bradley Gray View Post
    True words. Treat with BoraCare or similar borax product to make sure.
    Borax products are preventative. They are not pesticides and will not kill eggs or larvae inside the wood.

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    Thanks, Bob. I have some West 2-part epoxy. Assuming a 4:1:x ratio of epoxy to hardener, what is the value of x (the denatured alcohol)?
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