"Cookies" or Rounds" are slices out of the vertical tree. As such, they shrink as they dry. The manner they shrink - or dry out - makes cracks inevitable.
Many novice woodworkers see these and jump on them as easy and attractive tables. When they crack - and they will crack - no one knows what to do. Until they dry out completely (1 year per inch of thickness), there is not much that can be done to prevent cracks.
Depending upon when the 'table' was made - cut, dried, sanded and finished - will help you predict whether it will stay as it is today. I would insist on photos dated today if it is not local to you.
Species? Looks like Walnut, but so do many other trees in this form. Seller should know - it is fundamental.
By the way, a round with several cracks will still, miraculously, hold drink glasses, magazines, phones and bongs perfectly, despite the cracks.
Looks nice, may be walnut. The center pith area looks lighter down "in the hole". So it may just be walnut stained. Walnut in a cookie may be more forgiving than say oak. I would ask about the whole process, including did they use PEG or denatured alcohol to aid in drying without as many cracks. The hole in the center may help reduce the stress and cracking. You could get a pin-less moisture meter and check content although you need to know species to set meter. If moisture is high, this thing may break in half. You could joint the edges and glue back together. If you are a woodworker, you may just accept that this project may evolve over years with some repair. I made my wife a maple stump coffee table cross cut. I cut relief on the bottom and after 2 years in the house, I am ready to pour resin to the cracks originating from the pith. Rustic. i will ass pics later
Another shot of the coffee table. I kept hoping it would stay like that but of course it did not. The other cookies are wall that cookies soaked in denatured alcohol overnight and then dried in a box. Used for rustic centerpieces of course they’re only about 12 inches across. The coffee table is about 4 feet across.
sorry, sent the pics from my phone. The small cookies are walnut. In the pic it is finished with satin spar poly. we did not like that finish, so went with danish oil that left the end grain dull and natural. Good luck!
Final thoughts. The outer edge looks foe distressed. the wood on the floor makes me think it was just finished. May have been produced by more of an artist than a craftsman. If you are spending a ton of money, it may look very different a year from now. Some folks will glue the cookie to plywood to help keep it together.
The wood hasn't got enough cracks to be fully dry, unless it was treated with Polyethylene glycol (PEG) 1000. Some finishes will get sticky months later if used over PEG. The "bark" doesn't look like walnut, may have been manipulated as the bark is prone to falling off as the wood dries. Know what you are buying!
Well to be honest and frank i am not very much aware about this kind of wood but i will prefer you to read about rosewood and furniture made from rosewood. I mostly prefer it because it is 100% termite free and solid wood .
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