DIY: Rustic Wedding Cake Platters & Coasters
Getting creative for a wedding or party? Wood “cookies” – or cross-cut sections of wood – are increasingly popular for these events, achieving a simple, rustic look for wedding cake platters, coasters, and name place settings. The only problem: freshly cut wood can crack and split, ruining your coasters and platters. Use Pentacryl and follow the steps below to keep your “cookies” from cracking!
There are 2 key factors for achieving success when using Pentacryl:
- Completely saturate the wood.
- Dry it SLOWLY.
Since these pieces were cut in winter (the dormant period), when the sap had stopped running and the wood hardened off, there is a good chance that the bark will stay on. The treated wood is now ready for sanding, staining, gluing and/or finishing.
There has been good success with treating cross-cut sections with Pentacryl. The species stabilized range from soft to hard wood with sizes up to 6-7 feet in diameter. Do not rush the drying, or all your efforts will be wasted on cracked wood.
Occasionally you will have a cross-cut piece from a dead standing tree where the wood is almost dry, in this case, it is recommended to use Wood Juice, a stabilizer for drier wood.
We gladly offer free technical advice to those customers who need it. If you have questions as to which product to use, contact us here or phone: 303.642.3060.