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Name: Monique B.
Status: other
Age: 20s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2002

I am trying to find some information on how to preserve a cross section of a maple tree that we have received in our ecology class. I feel like there is a special process to stain, sand, and prevent warping, and I was wondering if you could help me, or maybe tell me where I might get some answers.

Dear Monique,

The following should be helpful sources for detailed info:

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

We have had good luck with maple sections simply sanding them smooth and keeping them dry. Some oak and maple sections we have coated with polyurethane, which brings out the rings and prevents smudges and wear if they are handled a lot, but we have never used any special process. A section may crack, depending on its size and how it originally grew and was cut, I do not know any way to prevent that if its going to happen.

J. Elliott

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