|Forum topic by Todd||posted 04-22-2014 03:32 AM||986 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-22-2014 03:32 AM
I purchased a couple of 8’ natural edge pine slabs for an outdoor dining table today. The slabs are approximately 2-5/8 to 2-7/8” thick and 14” to 24” in width. I went with pine because I… I mean, my wife, wants something rustic looking, and it’s relatively inexpensive. I have never worked with natural edge lumber before, and I was hoping someone with some experience could provide some feedback:
1. What is the usual orientation of the edge, facing up (1st photo below), or down (2nd photo)?
I like the idea of being able to see more of the live edge (facing up). However, to joint them together, the amount of material I would have to remove from one side of each piece would reduce the width of the table to between 24-30”. This wouldn’t leave any room between people sitting on opposite sides of the table to place food, etc.
With the edge facing down, it won’t be visible when seated, but will allow for a wider usable table top (up to 30-35”).
2. What kind of finish should I use?
I want to leave the top kind of rough, and the wood a more natural colour (maybe a very light tinge of brown).
3. There is a small edge of one of the boards that is very soft and weak near the edge (3rd photo below). Should I try to cut this off, or break it off so the edge will continue to follow the grain?
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.
-- Todd, Ontario, CA