Maple Live Edge Slab Floating Bar / Shelves

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Project by Durbs75 posted 05-12-2017 11:23 AM 1464 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project to work on!! It is a floating live edge solid maple bar and floating shelves. The live edge maple features a ton of character from the curved leading edge, natural waves of the edges, and the wood grain. We wrapped the live edge ends on 3 sides of the pillars separating the living area from the pool table which gives it a unique look! The floating look is achieved by mounting brackets to the pillars and then the live edge slab to the brackets.

The floating bar shelves were made from the cutoff from the floating bar. We split the remnant in half and hung them with an offset to give the wall character!! The finish is super simple and it’s just 2 coats of Sealcoat with 3 coats of an acrylic based poly sprayed on!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 05-12-2017 01:40 PM

That whole thing came out great. Nice coloring on the maple.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 05-12-2017 02:20 PM

Love it!

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#3 posted 05-12-2017 03:11 PM

Beautiful slab! I’ve got a walnut live edge sitting in my garage, waiting until I gather up the nerve to work on it. What did you do to remove and clean up the bark?

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#4 posted 05-12-2017 03:21 PM

That’s truly fantastic. A really unique and cool way to dress up your house.

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#5 posted 05-12-2017 04:41 PM

Thank you all for the comments!!

Guns of Nav - The slab had about half the bark missing and the rest was pretty loose. I pried off the remaining bark and then took a flap wheel sander for the angle grinder and smoothed out the edges. Then hand sanded with 150 to smooth it out further!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#6 posted 05-12-2017 05:12 PM

totally awesome and the shelves make it better

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#7 posted 05-12-2017 05:43 PM


-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#8 posted 05-12-2017 09:34 PM

so jealous you people who can get such wonderful wood in your hands… excellent work on it !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#9 posted 05-12-2017 09:41 PM

Ooh they’re nice. Especially like the bar and how you have it wrapped and standing off the faces of the wall to give it prominence.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 05-12-2017 10:01 PM

A very artistic approach and well done on top of it = A+!

-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#11 posted 05-12-2017 10:37 PM

That’s amazing. Keeping the natural beauty of the wood and the live edge is always a great look.

So many great projects on this site I can’t keep up.

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#12 posted 05-13-2017 11:21 PM

Nice job Carey and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 05-14-2017 02:24 AM

looks terrific!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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