Finishing a maple natural/live edge

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Forum topic by Andrew R. posted 03-10-2008 04:37 AM 2642 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Andrew R.

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03-10-2008 04:37 AM

Topic tags/keywords: live edge maple live edge natural edge question sanding finishing rustic maple

I recently bought a 10/4 slab of maple, and intend to make a garden bench out of it. It has a nice live edge that I would like to keep. I have managed to get most of the bark off, but I want to clean up the edge without damaging the natural waves, bumps and contours. Does anyone have some advice for how to do this? Also, will a live edge accept stain/finish as well as the face of the lumber?

-- Andrew, Bellingham, WA

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#1 posted 03-10-2008 06:24 AM

I just cleaned up some burl that has the sort of edge I think you are talking about. I used a small wire brush (not too strong a bristle). If you are careful with it you should avoid scratch marks. Not sure about the stain effect but if you have a piece of scrap you could try that first. good luck.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 03-10-2008 08:31 AM

I agree with the wire brush.

The edge will accept stain but it won’t be the same as the face.

I’m not sure that you would want it to though. I would want them to show up differently.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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