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Posted on Attempting first slab desk with hewn beam legs - looking for advice!

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#1 posted 01-05-2012 10:09 PM

The bowing you experienced might be from one side drying out.. If you flip it over and maybe put some weight on it, it might straighten. This is why chrisstef said to finish both sides—if you do just one side, it will bow from the unfinished side expanding and contracting with the humidity changes.

Also +1 to the skirt idea.. at least along the back and the sides. It will strengthen the frame as a whole and make attaching the top a hundred times easier.

Keep in mind that a large slab like that will expand and contract with seasonal changes. Table top fasteners (like a saw kerf clip or the figure 8 kind do a good job). That will allow for the top to move around and not bust things apart.

Filling any cracks or voids with epoxy will keep paperclips and dust from falling in or getting stuck. Just fill it, let it dry, and sand.

For the live edge, I’d probably scrape it all off.. Yes, you can stabilize it, like Rich said, but it might be uncomfortable to rest your hands on it and it could catch on your shirt.

Hope that helps :)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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