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Project by rrdesigns posted 05-08-2014 03:19 PM 503 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood is curly maple and mahogany with a live edge of oak culled from a discard pile at a sawmill. Tray is 36” x 36” and was made to sit on top of a leather ottoman. Sealed with satin Arm-r-seal by General Finishes.
I picked up the walnut in the second picture just in case I screwed up the oak edges. Luckily I didn’t, so now I have another nice live edge just waiting to be turned into something special. Oh boy.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs





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DrDirt

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#1 posted 05-08-2014 04:38 PM

Really neat looking – did you do anything special to keep the live edge attached?

When I have cur material like that I always had the bark/cambium layer shrink and seperate from the more solid wood.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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woodchuckerNJ

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#2 posted 05-08-2014 04:41 PM

I hope you epoxied that live edge, it looks mighty delicate just waiting to be knocked off.

And like DrDirt said, shrinkage.. or was that George on Seinfeld…

-- Jeff NJ

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rrdesigns

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#3 posted 05-08-2014 04:54 PM

The scrap pile that I culled the live edge from has been sitting outside for a long time. It has withstood Oklahoma heat and wind for a while. I did apply several layers of sealer. It will most likely always be a little fragile, given the nature of the beast, but it has held up so far through my handling trying to shape, size and secure it. Time will tell.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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Spoontaneous

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#4 posted 05-08-2014 11:10 PM

Beth ~ Really nice looking tray…. and I love the live edge.

I think you’d probably be fine with the bark staying on. I was chatting with a fellow in England today and he said that the bark on “summer fell” trees come off easily but if the tree is felled during cooler weather, it has a tendency to stay put.

I had never heard this…. but I have some serviceberry wood that you would have to ‘carve’ the bark off of. So maybe there is some truth to this.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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Rick

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#5 posted 05-08-2014 11:52 PM

Very Nice Indeed Beth! Thank For Posting!

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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