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Forum topic by Shawn Vincent posted 01-03-2011 04:28 PM 2529 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Shawn Vincent

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01-03-2011 04:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question live edge refinishing

Greetings, my first LJ forum post! :-)

My wife found a beautiful old live edge coffee table in the trash in Toronto this weekend and brought it home. It’s made of a single slab, 3-4 foot diameter, probably 5 inches thick. Very heavy! It’s got some clear finish (I assume poly or epoxy—not sure).

Somebody used it as a crafting table—there are bits of paint over the surface.

I can sand down the top surface of the table no problem to refinish it. But the live edge needs to be cleaned up, too. I worry about sanding it, that I’ll lose some of the live edge texture: should I be?

Does anybody have any experience with this?

Thanks lots! -Shawn.

-- Shawn, Ottawa Canada, http://www.svincent.com/


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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 01-03-2011 05:51 PM

I would think you could use paint remover to get the paint off, even the live edge. A stiffer brush will help get it out of the cracks in the live edge. Sometimes lacquer thinner will work, depending on the finish that is on it. When I use paint remover, I rinse with lacquer thinner. It seems to clean it up better.

A little sanding on the live edge shouldn’t hurt. Stay on the flat top and don’t go too far.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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Shawn Vincent

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 08:38 PM

Thanks! I will try that!

This one has to be my next project, since this (very heavy) table occupies most of the space in my (small) workshop. :-)

-Shawn.

-- Shawn, Ottawa Canada, http://www.svincent.com/

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okwoodshop

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 12:43 AM

how about a picture? sounds like an interesting piece. maybe a before and after??

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Shawn Vincent

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 03:07 AM

I put some pictures of the table up here:

http://picasaweb.google.com/shawn.patrick.vincent/LiveEdgeSlabTable?feat=directlink

It has a substantial check in it that developed into a crack—probably the reason somebody wanted to get rid of it.

We split it at the crack. I’m not sure if I will repair the table, or make 2 tables out of it. We’re currently leaning towards the latter, since it’s substantially lighter in two pieces, and smaller tables are easier to manage in our house. :-)

-- Shawn, Ottawa Canada, http://www.svincent.com/

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Shawn Vincent

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 03:08 AM

Does anybody recognize the wood?

-- Shawn, Ottawa Canada, http://www.svincent.com/

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