Good day everyone!
Context: I got my hands on 2 freshly cut peices of a fallen down maple tree. they are roughly 12-14 inches in diametre and about 2-3 feet tall.
Based on my research, I've read that it's best to let the wood dry out before attempting to stain and seal it. Some people recommend months, and some recommend years.
Now, I dont want to wait that long! I've already stripped the bark and I am planning on sanding them down. They've been drying out in my garage for about 3-4 weeks now. They are a little cold and a tiny bit damp to the touch.
Question: What would happen if i were to proceed with the staining and sealing of the stump, assuming that the core is still slightly damp? Any advice would be much appreciated.
Also, as another option, i could bring them both in to dry (or "season") inside but im afraid that i might bring in some unwanted bugs. Is there a way to ensure that all the bugs inside are removed or killed?