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rhybeka

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02-12-2015 11:46 PM

I’m sure this is considered blasphemy on some level but before you judge, I’ll explain. I’m looking to do a bar top work area in the WOman Cave in the basement. I’m thinking it’s going to be supported by iron pipe and flanges because the wall is not blocked for support and I’m not thinking I want to build cubbies beneath – but I would like to have it high enough to stand at and put together legos or have the trashcan high enough my beagle can’t get to it. Plus I may have a piece of furniture that needs to slide beneath it for storage. The majority of my wood budget is going to wood for an entertainment center. I love the look of the live edged slabs but I don’t happen to have that kind of $$ laying about. Is it possible to come up with something close to resembling a live edge with 2x? Is there a cheap place to get a ~6 ft piece of live edge besides cutting it myself?

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.


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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 02-12-2015 11:54 PM

Charles Neil did a youtube video, on just that topic….
Soooo, it can’t be blasphemy!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJiXPzfkUY8

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#2 posted 02-12-2015 11:56 PM

it’s not blasphemy, it’s heresy!

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#3 posted 02-12-2015 11:57 PM



Charles Neil did a youtube video, on just that topic….
Soooo, it can t be blasphemy!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJiXPzfkUY8

- DIYaholic


Or heresy!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 02-13-2015 12:03 AM

Beka, if you find a local sawmill a live edge slab will be cheap to buy. If not I would try using a 2×12 and then with a plane and or draw knife cut the edge down and try to match the rings of the tree. You should be able to pick out a board that has suitable rings. You might even find one with some live edge and bark on it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 02-13-2015 12:33 AM

Live edges often are fragile anyway, inclined to drop
off. I guess you get put glue or nails under the
bark to keep it cohesive.

You can also just carve the texture you want. It’s
a little time consuming, especially with dull carving
tools, but an interesting process wherein you’ll learn
something about carving.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-13-2015 01:34 AM

Beka, Go with Bill’s advice to find a local mill. Failing that, make a road trip and I’ll GIVE you a 6’ live edge slab of your choice. WoodMizer should be able to give you contact information of mill owners in your area.

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

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firefighterontheside

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#7 posted 02-13-2015 02:19 AM

I just searched Columbus CL for lumber in the materials section. One of those guys can probably sell you something with a live edge. Where’s pickerington?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#8 posted 02-13-2015 09:14 AM

Pay shipping and I will send you one

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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rhybeka

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#9 posted 02-13-2015 04:26 PM

@Monte :D How much would that run me? I’d be happy to fund your wood habit if it’s not too much!

@Candy Pickerington is about 30 min away on the East side of Cbus. Not bad though.

@Randy that Charles Neil video is awesome! makes me wonder if I could do it all with my dremel though since I don’t have a grinder?

@Loren Live edge may have been the wrong term – I just want it to be like a bare board edge – doesn’t have to have bark on it or anything :)

Thanks for all of the options guys :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 02-13-2015 04:57 PM

If you want to build some muscle….
Do it all by hand with rasps & files!!! ;^)

Actually, this sounds like a perfect excuse, err reason to buy a new tool!!!
But if a grinder isn’t something you really want, err need….
A cheap “cylinder rasp” on a hand drill may also work.
Just an example:
http://www.lowes.com/pd_232712-68082-0102221_0__?productId=3353928&Ntt=rasps&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Drasps&facetInfo=

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 02-13-2015 06:34 PM

yep you can do it all with a dremel, just use a soft wire brush on a slow drill to smooth it up some, the key is to use a darker glaze after the first coat of finish,,, works well

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rhybeka

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#12 posted 02-15-2015 07:04 PM

@CharlesNeil thanks a bunch! I may have to give it a go come the spring :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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rhybeka

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#13 posted 03-15-2015 01:31 AM

So today I managed to get a start on this and it’s fairly successful! I still have three other walls to go though :P

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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rhybeka

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#14 posted 03-15-2015 01:36 AM

I’ll be posting a project of it so more pics to follow :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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DIYaholic

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#15 posted 03-15-2015 02:00 AM

Looking forward to seeing the finished project!!!

Carry on….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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