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DonJ

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429 days ago

I’m making a sofa table and will be using some slabs of mesquite with full bark on the live edges (the boards have been stickered for a couple of years). Is it okay to keep all of the bark and spray the varnish in all of the nooks and crannies, or will the bark fall off in the future and make the piece less attractive? I’ve never worked with live edge material, so have some leaning to do. Thanks.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX


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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 429 days ago

If it’s dry, it is not going to get dryer, right? If that’s the environment, I’d suggest you spray a sample and check it for the aesthetics mainly.

It remains possible that the bark may come off, even with the membrane of finish there, but if it does, build another top or square the old one up!

Go for it!

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 429 days ago

I have never found a way to keep the bark from flaking/crumbling away. I now remove it and wire brush the underlying cambium for a nice live edge look.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Timberwerks

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#3 posted 429 days ago

Remove the bark, it’s a clothes & dust catcher and will fall or be pulled off at some point in time anyway.

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