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Forum topic by tturner posted 09-18-2014 12:51 AM 1469 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2014 12:51 AM

im in the planning process of making a dining table from maple. the wife has seen and wants a live edge table. I have never worked with live edge so this is my opportunity! does anyone have experience clamping live edge? I’m concerned about scarring the edge with the clamps. any ideas?

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 01:24 AM

you probably want to make some sort of v-blocks to catch the live edges for clamping pads. Make them out of soft material such as poplar so there will be less of a tendency to mar.

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 01:50 AM

Some pictures would help resolving your dilemma.. Also you can post it on “the live edge forum”.. Lots of experts there.


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#3 posted 09-18-2014 07:56 AM

Never heard of a live edge Forum, but it wouldn’t surprise me if there was one. You can try attaching a cleat to the bottom side of the table top and then use the cleat to clamp it together. Then make sure you clamp cross pieces across the top to keep it flat.

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 08:57 AM

One way that works well is ratchet straps with foam pads on the edges. For foam water pipe insulation is a good choice.

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 05:00 PM

I’m guessing tou are trying make a wider panel with two boards with a live edge on one side and a straight edge on the other. Piece of cake. Get two pieces of plywood 12” wide and the length of your table top. Screw a 2×4 on one edge of the plywood. You screw the plywood to the board bottms snf you can use pipe clamps to pull the boards together.

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