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Forum topic by rrlumber posted 02-01-2010 07:22 PM 5520 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rrlumber

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02-01-2010 07:22 PM

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I have a 6” thick slab of mesquite that I want to use as a fireplace mantel. I have a “live edge” on one side that I would like to preserve. At this point the bark is still on the slab. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best method for removing the bark? I was thinking of using small grinder but I don’t want to damage the underlying wood.

Is there some kind of bark removal tool available?

Thanks,
rrwoodworker

-- Darrell, Round Rock


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#1 posted 02-01-2010 07:55 PM

I was wondering if you could get enough blade height out of the table saw to run it through on one side then flip it over and run it through again. It maybe possible to do it on a bandsaw too. Otherwise, use a drawknife. I used to use these alot to remove bark from fence posts and a sharp one works great.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 12:11 AM

If it’s tight, I’d leave it.
If not, pry it off, piece by piece.

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 12:15 AM

I’d try a PRESSURE WASHER.

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#4 posted 02-02-2010 12:28 AM

Well the rule of thumb I use is to leave the log air dry and when you can pull the bark off easily by hand it is ready to work with. You can pry it off otherwise..with small crowbars, chisels, etc…

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 12:58 AM

Using piano wire or a guitar string works very well. Make sure you wear leather gloves.

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#6 posted 02-04-2010 07:12 AM

How about a wire paint remover on a drill for the tough spots.

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 09:25 AM

I think it is dangerous…

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 05:56 PM

drawknife

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