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eebdoow

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891 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: slab de-barking live edge

I have a 12’ slab of Elm I plan to make a bar top out of. It’s been kiln dried and the live edge still has 1-2” of bark. Does anyone have any idea on how to remove the bark, but still keep the integrity of the live edge? I thought of keeping the bark on for aesthetics, but not sure if it would last or how it would look over time. The live edge of the slab is very curvy due to the growth and knots of the tree.

-- Chris, Oak Grove, MO


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PeteMoss

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#1 posted 891 days ago

I’ve never done it myself, but I seem to remember somewhere seeing a guy do it with an angle grinder with a wire brush wheel on it.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#2 posted 891 days ago

Look at this months Fine Woodworking, article on flattening slabs Nakashima-style….they recommend an stiff polymer brush wheel as a drill attachment.

-- Jim, North Vancouver, BC

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Bill White

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#3 posted 891 days ago

Have ya got a draw knife and a cabinet scraper? Is the bark somewhat loose?
Bill

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Don W

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#4 posted 891 days ago

Elm usually comes off fairly easy. (although I’ve never tried kiln dried elm). I usually use a stiff putty knife, draw knife, screw driver, or wonder bar depending on what works. I’ve tried the wire brush, if you don’t mind the textured finish it leaves.

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Timberwerks

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#5 posted 891 days ago

I use a draw knife or putty knife to lift the bark off. I follow with sandpaper wrapped around a sanding sponge. The Flex Cut draw knife is fantastic for this task.

-- http://djofurnituremaker.wordpress.com/ & https://www.facebook.com/pages/Timberwerks-Studio/126415221682

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