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Forum topic by MalcolmLaurel posted 02-21-2014 04:08 AM 991 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2014 04:08 AM

Topic tags/keywords: live edge barn boards

I have two pieces of wood that I have to figure out how to best use. The first is a used piece of live edge slab that I paid $10 for at a flea market, dunno from what, what kind of wood, or what kind of finish is on it. This presumably was the top:

But there are a couple of screw holes on that surface, along the back edge:

The other surface is more interesting, but rougher:

The general plan is a rustic coffee table with tree branch legs (my usual mountain laurel), but I’m still trying how to figure out if or how to cut the existing square edges… and how to deal with refinishing it (sand it and redo with polyurethane, probably. If I keep the top the top I’ll probably want to drill out the screw holes and plug them with dowels, which is OK given the rustic style.

The other one is some kind of reclaimed wood table top, old barn boards perhaps, from a high end furniture store my daughter’s boyfriend works at. Apparently it arrived damaged, they got credit for it, then they discarded the damaged parts and kept the top around until they got tired of looking at it.

This one I’m debating leaving the weathered surface as is, or lightly sanding it and putting a clear finish on it… or putting a clear finish over the existing weathered surface. I did pull a couple of old cut nails out of it. Haven’t figured out what kind of legs to put on it, either.

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 04:16 AM

Some interesting looking pieces of wood. What did you decide to do with them?

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#2 posted 04-13-2014 02:14 PM

The first one I planed down to remove the old finish (first using a Ryobi hand power planer and finishing up with a Stanley #4). It turned out to be some kind of pine (spruce, fir? smells like pine) I made some rough cuts and created a simulated live edge on the three straight sides a la Charles Neil. Stained (edges only) and shellacked now, I’m getting ready to mount the legs now.

The second I haven’t decided yet. I have an upcoming table that needs to be triangular; if I can fit the triangle into the existing rectangular piece I might do that, or I’ll save it for something else.

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