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Forum topic by WoodYard posted 04-13-2011 01:44 AM 2263 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2011 01:44 AM

I am building a Maple table for a friend w/ a natural bark edge along one side. How do I handle the bark? Same top coat as the table top? Thanks.

-- Rick Wood

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 04:58 PM

I gently blow the loose stuff out, and yes, use the same clear coat as elsewhere. If some naked wood shows up in the bark region and it’s too light, you might darken it with liquid shoe polish.



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#2 posted 04-13-2011 11:19 PM

When turning natural edges, I soak the bark in CA glue – it stabilizes and hardens the bark and keeps it from falling off. It might take a boatload of CA glue to do a whole table – I buy it in pint sized containers here:

Also, I’ve seen maple natural edged benches and tables where all of the bark was removed – it was still very apparent that it was a natural edge and looked very nice.


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#3 posted 04-13-2011 11:47 PM

Make sure you have it kiln dried, I’ve sliced up many maple logs and it amazes me just how many bugs live in or under the bark.

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 03:11 AM

Thanks for the advice. It’s been kiln dried. I put a light maple dye on it and then sanded it off just leaving a hint of a color. The heartwood at the back is almost cherry colored. I was told it was a Silver Maple. The legs will be Walnut w/ some sapwood.

-- Rick Wood

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