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Live edge coffee table questions

by cheechy123
posted 02-15-2017 05:19 PM

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#1 posted 02-15-2017 05:26 PM

That’s a nice piece of Elm.And you have plenty of thickness to work with.The cracks don’t look that bad when you get close to your final thickness you have a better idea what to do with the cracks.My guess is bow ties will be decorative elm is pretty hard to split.
Good luck.

-- Aj

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#2 posted 02-15-2017 05:28 PM

man o man that’s a nice looking slab….. thick sucker too huh?

I’ll let the expects chime in with more trustworthy responses to your questions but I will say that if it’s good and dry and the check doesn’t go through the slab you may not NEED to bowtie. Personally, I like the look on a piece like this with two live edges. Along those same aesthetic based lines, I wouldn’t worry myself over the marks from termites and I would avoid colored finishes – maybe just a good quality poly if it were me finishing it.

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#3 posted 02-15-2017 05:34 PM

By Termite damage, I will assume you are talking where the small branch was on that side? I don’t see any Termite indications. The broken off branches just rotted away, use a stiff wire brush and remove all that will. Your cracks are extremely minor in comparison to slab size. How old and dry is the slab? If it is reasonably dry, 3-4 years old or kiln dried, then you are good to go. clean, sand, stain, whatever your thoughts are for the coffee table. as a final finish, I would recommend an epoxy, like Bar Top finish. Drinks, or your feet while watching the game will never damage the appearance of the table. Beautiful slab by the way, sounds like the perfect use for it.

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 07:15 PM

awesome thanks guys! i believe the piece has been drying for 1-2 years, i will double check. i really appreciate the help. my shop is very minimalistic. I’ve got tons of welding gear but I’m just getting into woodworking so I’m slowly building up my tools.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 08:09 PM

If it’s only been 2 yrs it’s probably not quite dry enough yet. I’ve heard of guys here running dehumidifiers, box fans, and small space heaters to finish off the drying process in their basements but you may have guys in your area w/ legit kilns too.

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 08:17 PM

Those cracks should be stable.

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 10:25 PM

While it may not be thoroughly dry, leaving some slop in the holes you’re going to use to attach the base to allow the slab to move should do the trick.
Those cracks probably don’t need butterflies, but butterflies do add to the aesthetics. I’d add them.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#8 posted 02-16-2017 12:09 AM

If you do Butterflies, do butterflies and not those ugly assed hour glasses.

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