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theJR

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02-08-2017 02:41 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple live edge question

Hi all, first post on the forum, because i need a recommendation. Normally i’d search Google to find some help, but i couldn’t locate any advice on this topic.

I have a piece of maple with a live edge that i want to use for a bench top. Picture is below. Ain’t the prettiest thing, but i got it for free and thought it’d make a nice entryway bench. Planning on pairing it with some cherry legs.

The question is what to do about the sharp angle of the live edge. The edge on the bottom, where it comes to a point, looks very fragile. Like the first person that sits on it is going to snap a piece off. I have a few ideas, but maybe someone has a better one.

Idea #1) cut a custom backing piece. Basically i’d lay the piece of maple on top of another board and trace the edge, then cut the backing piece with a jig saw.

Idea #2) Maybe there’s some type of resin or epoxy out there that could applied to the top and underside to give it some more stiffness? I suspect that wouldn’t hold up long term.

Idea #3) Just snap the sharp edge off preemptively and do some sanding to blend it in.


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#1 posted 02-08-2017 03:22 PM

I used a sapele live edge for our breakfast counter. I had the same concerns, I put a thinned coat of epoxy on the edge, followed by 2 coats of full strength epoxy. The edge has survived 6 grandkids (5 boys) so far.

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#2 posted 02-08-2017 06:30 PM

Shave the sharp edge back w/ a spokeshave, so it isn’t so fragile.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 02-08-2017 07:29 PM

I’d flip it over so the wider surface is up, then round over the sharp edges by any means. Wider seat area would be preferred at my house..

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 02-08-2017 07:33 PM

Yeah def the other side up. And wood is strong, it wont break unless you hit it forcefully with something hard.

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gargey

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#5 posted 02-08-2017 07:34 PM

Also I think live edge is extremely overblown, and often frequently being used where dead edge would be superiour, but that’s another story…

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theJR

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#6 posted 02-08-2017 09:14 PM

Thanks guys. I think i’ll shave the edges a little based on the recommendations here, and flip the board. With it flipped it’ll definitely need to be shaved, otherwise it’ll bite into people’s legs.

@Dan, i’m planning to rip the board and edge glue a matching piece of maple to make it wider. As is, it’s only about 7” wide in the middle. Just didn’t include that in the post because it seemed like extraneous detail.

Thanks all. I’ll try to remember to post a picture when i’m done.

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LittleShaver

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 07:48 PM

This is a hall bench I made a few years ago. Slab is horse chestnut, legs are cherry, stretcher is poplar. It’s about 7’ long and about 17” to the seat. Fits a large range of behinds.

-- Sawdust Maker

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