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Forum topic by Jon1094 posted 12-09-2012 10:24 AM 1184 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-09-2012 10:24 AM

Picked up this applewood stump a few months ago and am going to form a base for a live edge coffee table. I’ve never worked with live edge before and cant find a definitive answer. I need to strip the bark and first layer from this stump and then finish it.

The top will be finished with a coat of shellac and then bar epoxy. For the stump I’ve read that I should use a wire wheel. Some say a belt sander, others say a chisel, still others say rotary rasps. Any advice? And should I finish the stump with shellac and laquer?


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#1 posted 12-09-2012 10:33 AM

Me? I’d start with a hand wire brush and go slow.
I think a belt sander would be a mistake as it would sand away soo much, too fast.
Depends on how old (dry) it is too.
I find dryer pieces the wood has usually shrunk a little and the bark is easier to peel away.
If it’s going to be a piece of furniture, I would bring it indoors and let it settle down for at least a few weeks before I touched it.
Great piece of wood. IT will make a beautiful base.

Good luck.


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#2 posted 12-09-2012 06:02 PM

Wire wheel sounds the most promising. I guess it depends a bit on what you want the surface to look like in the end. A belt sander sounds pretty unlikely to me.

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#3 posted 12-10-2012 02:39 AM

Like I said in my message to you…...I would use hand held brushes and then a flap-wheel sander. Most importantly, use whatever will work best for you. You’ll know. Keep on, keepin’ on. You’ll do fine.

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#4 posted 12-10-2012 02:42 AM

What Jay said.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 11:34 PM

I use a pressure washer, it works very well on the bark and soft underlayers; any steel brush will leave its mark on the wood surface once you get there, so be careful.

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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