I'm just overflowing with questions! It's been so long!
This is a long question so please bear with me.
Some of you know that I have these big chunks of "big leaf" maple. I have some pieces that are from the base of the trees I had cut down. Some measure like 30" diameter and say 30" tall. Now I don't want to wait until the year 2050 to work with them. I may not even be alive then. The bark has been removed and they're sitting off the floor, on boards, in my shop, painted with latex paint and dusted with insect powder since mid-summer. So far no cracks.
I want to make something that measures roughly 18" X 18" X 20" tall. Think of a square-ish cube with the underside hollowed out. The top has to be dead square/flat/level.
So what do I have to do to work with this wood in 6 months from now?
Could I trim it down (still oversize) and soak it in a giant DNA bath, and then let it dry (faster) and then get it to final dimensions?
Should I trim it to final dimensions, hollow it out, and then soak it?
What do you guys think?