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Live Edge Cherry Coffee Table from the Beginning #5: Finishing off the bark, Marking the Cut

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Blog entry by CharlesA posted 07-28-2014 01:43 AM 957 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I don’t usually sand with 60 grit, but I went through disc after disk getting the last of the bark off the sides and getting it rough sanded. I’ve left a tiny bit of the inner layer of bark here and there because it is quite difficult to get all of it off. I will apply a bit of finish over a section at some point to see how it looks before deciding if I need to go the extra mile. Because of the sharp angle on most of the edge, it will not be particularly visible day to day. Here is a picture of the bottom of the slab with the edge sanded:

I also marked off the line for the crosscut for the waterfall leg. Following Mr.Jinx’s suggestion, I marked the midpoint of each end, drew a line the length of the board, and then used that mid-line to place the perpendicular line for the crosscut.

-- "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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gfadvm

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 03:14 AM

Probably too late now, but I use a stiff wire wheel in a 4” hand grinder to remove bark from live edge pieces. Always stay parallel to the grain and it leaves a nice ‘textured’ surface. Wear a full face shield as these wheels will shed some wire fragments. Gloves and long sleeves are a good idea as well.

This is going to be a beautiful piece!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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CharlesA

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 04:38 PM

Thanks. That’s what I should have done. This worked . . . eventually

-- "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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