Ash or Locust for Live edge dining table

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Forum topic by CSmith posted 12-14-2018 05:36 PM 477 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2018 05:36 PM

Hi there! So my husband and I are fairly DIY rookies. We are looking into making a live edge dining room table out of either an ash or locust live edge slab. Would one type of wood be beneficial over the other? The slabs are about 10ft long by 4.5 ft wide so we would only be using one slab and they are already kiln dried. Our general plan is to sand, fill any holes or cracks with table top resin, and then apply several coats of a matte or satin finish poly. Are there any other tips or tricks we should keep in mind? Thanks so much!

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#1 posted 12-14-2018 07:11 PM

The place lots of people get into trouble is attaching the top to the base and not accounting for expansion/contraction of the top in the joinery. I would also recommend bringing the slab inside where it will “live” for a couple of weeks prior to sanding it down to let it come to equilibrium with its environment. If it sits in an environment where the humidity is drastically different prior to being finished, it may twist and/or cup to some degree when you bring it into the controlled environment of the house.

Good luck. We like pictures here too :-) And for my own personal $.02, go with the Locust. I’m not a fan of Ash.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 12-14-2018 08:33 PM

Thank you SO much!! That is very helpful!

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