These two trunk chunks came from a tall tree (maybe white oak) that fell on the family farm a few years ago. Our intention is to convert them into natural end tables--bark removed, smoothed, and finished--for use in a modern living room.
You can see that the bark is partially gone already. . . Some had already fallen off of the trunk when we cut them and some more was easily brushed away. What remains is stuck, for now.
If you look at the end grain, you can see there is still some moisture here and is that spalting?
And there are some interesting tracks on the sides. Worm tracks? Insects?
What can you guys tell me about debarking this wood without damaging the character just below the surface? Is a pressure washer the way to go? Drawknife?
Would you stop at debarking, or slice away 4 sides to reveal the figure?
Has anyone done a project like this before? If so, how did you prepare the wood? What finish did you use?
Is there anything I should be doing to reduce further checking/splitting?
Any other suggestions?