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How to reinforce live edge

by theJR
posted 02-08-2017 02:41 PM


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Bob5103

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#1 posted 02-08-2017 03:22 PM

I used a sapele live edge for our breakfast counter. I had the same concerns, I put a thinned coat of epoxy on the edge, followed by 2 coats of full strength epoxy. The edge has survived 6 grandkids (5 boys) so far.

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#2 posted 02-08-2017 06:30 PM

Shave the sharp edge back w/ a spokeshave, so it isn’t so fragile.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 02-08-2017 07:29 PM

I’d flip it over so the wider surface is up, then round over the sharp edges by any means. Wider seat area would be preferred at my house..

-- Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 02-08-2017 07:33 PM

Yeah def the other side up. And wood is strong, it wont break unless you hit it forcefully with something hard.

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#5 posted 02-08-2017 07:34 PM

Also I think live edge is extremely overblown, and often frequently being used where dead edge would be superiour, but that’s another story…

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theJR

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#6 posted 02-08-2017 09:14 PM

Thanks guys. I think i’ll shave the edges a little based on the recommendations here, and flip the board. With it flipped it’ll definitely need to be shaved, otherwise it’ll bite into people’s legs.

@Dan, i’m planning to rip the board and edge glue a matching piece of maple to make it wider. As is, it’s only about 7” wide in the middle. Just didn’t include that in the post because it seemed like extraneous detail.

Thanks all. I’ll try to remember to post a picture when i’m done.

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#7 posted 02-09-2017 07:48 PM

This is a hall bench I made a few years ago. Slab is horse chestnut, legs are cherry, stretcher is poplar. It’s about 7’ long and about 17” to the seat. Fits a large range of behinds.

-- Sawdust Maker

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