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Forum topic by DonJ posted 05-21-2013 01:10 PM 1291 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-21-2013 01:10 PM

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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#1 posted 05-21-2013 03:30 PM

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!



-- " 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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#2 posted 05-22-2013 01:01 AM

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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#3 posted 05-22-2013 01:08 AM

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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