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Forum topic by Crannogman posted 06-23-2009 04:50 AM 1523 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-23-2009 04:50 AM

Topic tags/keywords: live edge finishing preparing wood question skill

Hey there boys …

This from a LJ newbie:

I am starting my first real project – a black walnut floating mantle – and the lumber I chose has a (rather rough) live edge.

The question is: how should I go about getting this ‘rough, but bark-less’ edge ready for finishing? It seems a bit too rough for hand sanding, but I’m reluctant to get out the orbital or sheet sander… and I doubt even a small plane will do much good. Would a spoke shave or similar tool work? Anyone have any thoughts for me?


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#1 posted 06-23-2009 05:06 AM

Hey Crannogman
Welcome to LJs I think you could use a flap sander to smooth but not flatten your live edge . I have on a occasion even used a buffing wheal with rubbing compound.

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#2 posted 06-23-2009 05:11 AM

you could use a 4 way rasp . and then do as jim suggested working from rough to fine . welcome to LJ’s you will enjoy it here !

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#3 posted 06-23-2009 05:16 AM

I agree with a1Jim. If you want to keep the live edge without making it look like you made it yourself go with the flap sander.

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#4 posted 06-23-2009 02:27 PM

Read some of “socalwood”s forums and how he finishes…

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#5 posted 06-23-2009 03:05 PM

Thanks guys … its off to: to scout out a rasp or two, and the appropriate sanders. Incidentally – and I know I’m a bit nieve – but LVT is a wonderful place for woodworkers, and it happens to be headquartered in my part of the world – Ottawa. Check it out if you can. Any other good online shops to tell me about?

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#6 posted 06-23-2009 10:13 PM

hi i do a lot of projects with live edeges a flep sander is great also a sander that looks like a sochbright for dishes workes well they go in a dril but i only get the 3-m type because the others leave plastic behind on the wood have fun

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#7 posted 06-25-2009 05:53 AM

Welcome to LJ’s, enjoy the camaraderie and woodwork. Warning, this is an addictive site.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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