|Forum topic by Quoheleth||posted 03-27-2013 02:31 PM||844 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
03-27-2013 02:31 PM
I hope I have this in the right forum…
I’ve just completed a bench for my in-laws’ entryway. It started out as a 10’ long slab of 6/4 pecan, tapering from 12” wide to 9” wide, that was cut and sawmilled locally. This was my first rough-lumber-to-finished-piece project I’ve done. It was a very rewarding challenge to figure out the design and layout (based on a WOOD magazine design from a couple years ago) to minimize wood waste and loss. The bench was assembled with floating tenons and mortises, sliding dovetails, and dowels – no nails or screws! I have a little sanding left to do, but here’s what it looks like:
One of the things I wanted to feature in my bench was the natural edge of the slab of wood. I know I couldn’t leave the bark on, so I stripped it off and about two-thirds of the cork cambium layer (it was really, really thick!). I’m left with about 3/8” of the soft, dark-brown cambium before getting to the actual wood.
My question is can I leave a little of this for contrast or do I really need to strip it all off? I really wanted to leave it, but I don’t want it coming loose and ruining the edge I tried to maintain.
Thanks, in advance,
-- "We're always ready to circumcize a few 2x4s," - Uncle Bill