tree trunk slice table top
I had a large (unfortunately damaged) cottonwood tree removed from my backyard today and had the contractor cut a slice from the trunk in hopes of being able to make a table out of it. Not sure where I'd use it yet - either a table for the deck outside, or maybe a coffee table for the basement.
Problem is - can I cure/dry this piece without it cracking and warping? The piece is BIG - 48 inches in diameter and 5-1/2 inches thick.
The contractor recommended putting a heavyweight ratchet strap around it, sealing one side of it and letting it sit in my garage for around a year. After that, sand and poly the side I want to use for the top.
Will this work? Or can the curing/drying process only be done with some more complicated method?
Thanks for any advice.