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Crannogman

6 posts in 1894 days


1894 days ago

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?

Thanks.


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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1894 days ago

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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patron

13020 posts in 1976 days


#2 posted 1894 days ago

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 !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TimberMan

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#3 posted 1894 days ago

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.

https://woodworker.com/Flap_Sander.htm

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Kindlingmaker

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#4 posted 1894 days ago

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

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Crannogman

6 posts in 1894 days


#5 posted 1894 days ago

Thanks guys … its off to: http://www.leevalley.com 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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gagewestern

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#6 posted 1894 days ago

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

-- gagewestern

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BTKS

1967 posts in 2099 days


#7 posted 1892 days ago

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

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

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