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Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #3: Removing the Bark

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-27-2014 05:35 PM 708 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left the bark on the piece for my coffee table, but thought if it ever became a problem, I’d take it off. My understanding is that the bark is safe to keep on if the slab has been kiln dried. Air dried bark will have bugs. Since this is a gift, I’m taking the bark off from the beginning.

The bark was pretty stubborn on this piece. i’d heard that some folks find an angle grinder handy to do this. I found it helpful, but not as helpful as a more sophisticated tool I have.

The angle grinder was taking a long time on some of the thick bark, and this piece had pretty thick bark. I tried my dead blow mallet, but it was fairly ineffective, and then I thought of another solution.

When I was in Ghana last summer I had a craftsman make me a ebony mallet just like he used in his work to chisel figures. It weighs a ton. This thing was the bomb, knocked off big hunks. I then used the angle grinder to take off the remaining bark, and then my ROS with 60 grit paper to shape the edge a bit. I still need to finish this last step around the entire board.

After this step I need to cut the waterfall leg and make the jig for the hidden splines. Fun, fun.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson



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#1 posted 07-27-2014 06:01 PM

That mallet looks heavy!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-27-2014 06:15 PM

When I saw it, I asked if he could make me a bigger one. Then I handled one this size and realized the bigger one would be way too heavy to use.

It’s great for using with a chisel.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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