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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 12-20-2010 07:25 PM 710 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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bues0022

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12-20-2010 07:25 PM

I had an idea this weekend, and wanted to run it past those more experienced than me…which doesn’t take much! I’m trying to figure out how to finish my life-edge coffee table (Ash). I want the bark to stay on and not chip off also. What would happen if I mixed up some two-part pourable acrylic, and brushed it on as if it were a normal finish? The up-sides is that it will dry very hard, clear, and help hold the bark in place. The downside is that it’s a goopy mess to work with. Can anyone think of any more negative side effects that would keep me from doing this, or things to avoid (besides the obvious dripping part)?

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN


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#1 posted 12-20-2010 07:38 PM

Yeah, I have an opinion! Imagine that!

I think encapsulating the bark cancels the whole concept of the live edge. I would blow the loose material out of it gently and finish it just like the rest. If some bark flakes off and, figuratively speaking, lands at the base of the tree, that’s about as natural as you can get.

An alternative, which is just as respectful in my opinion, is to remove the bark and leave the darker colored material there (is that the cambium?) and finish it. You get the natural curves, a contrasting color, and no adjustment of your Hoover is needed.

Leave the plastic in the can.

My $.02!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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bues0022

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 08:11 PM

The table is as a gift for my mother-in-law, and I know that she prefers the bark on. Otherwise I’d remove it and save myself the headache!

Also, I wouldn’t really be encapsulating the bark with acrylic. I would be using the acrylic as a finish, and brushing it on much like a polyurethane. I will be blow off any loose material before I start, of course.

Any real problems with using acrylic as a finish?

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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