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Forum topic by Patrickgeddes14 posted 01-29-2019 10:18 PM 448 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2019 10:18 PM

Anybody have extensive experience in keeping bark on their love edge pieces, I have some questions, basically from Green to finish how do you preserve it

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#1 posted 01-29-2019 11:58 PM

These days I remove the bark. Back when I used to try to save it I used General Finishes water based sanding sealer. It does a nice job of saturating it and helping it adhere to the board.

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#2 posted 01-30-2019 12:09 AM

cut in the winter bark holds better

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#3 posted 01-30-2019 01:23 AM

Yes, trees cut in the dormant season can retain their bark. For trees cut during the growing season, keeping the bark on is a losing proposition.

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#4 posted 01-30-2019 03:10 PM

I used pentacryl for the first time.on a piece but probably didn’t use enough to do a great job because it was getting used quickly and it’s expensive. If you cut in the winter and use something like pentacryl, will the bark stay on long term?

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#5 posted 01-30-2019 03:29 PM

I haven’t used pentacryl, so can’t comment on that. I think if you want to keep bark it’s always a bit of a crapshoot, but cutting in the winter when the sap isn’t running is your best starting point. Danny may be able to offer more info, he is an expert on cutting, wood id,etc.

An afterthought- you could probably get some ca glue to soak in along bark

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#6 posted 01-30-2019 04:53 PM

ive done several live edge tables over the years and have always left the bark on with no problems,the only thing i finish my projects with is 3-4 coats of an oil finish.many say winter bark is the answer maybe,i really dont know when the slabs i used were cut so cant comment on that.ive used mrytle wood and maple burl from oregon.if the bark seems tight go for it.

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#7 posted 01-31-2019 07:40 AM

You need to be more specific. Hardwood? Softwood? Air dried? Kiln Dried? Unless it goes directly into a kiln from the sawmill, it will get air dried. During air drying it gets bombarded by microbes that eat the sugars in the sapwood and loosen the hold the bark has on the wood itself. About the only wood I can do it to is pine because it goes straight into the kiln. Unfortunately pine can get attacked by pine beetles even after its kiln dried. Long story short, I don’t leave the bark on anything. Its too hard to predictably keep it on. If it does stay on it needs to be coated in epoxy to keep it from flaking off and having people pick at it. All in all its a pain in the rear and I reach for my drawknife.

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