Live edge, bark on

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Forum topic by bmerrill posted 11-25-2019 07:10 PM 229 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2019 07:10 PM

Topic tags/keywords: maple finishing rustic live edge bark on

Have 4 live edge red maple slabs (14’x18”+/-) in the making for counter tops in my shop/garage.
The tree was harvested in December 2018, slabs cut January 2019.
Air dried inside the garage from January until mid October then kiln dried at a millwork shop.
Had the slabs trimmed at the mill and glued to make 2 tops about 30” wide with the live edge on one side.
Through this process the bark has remained and is very much intact. It looks very good.
On the cutoffs the bark is difficult to remove which is a good thing as I would like to preserve the bark to remain.
Have done some researching and there are various ways the bark can be treated to preserve it.
Some just brush to remove the dirt and varnish, others use CA glue, and then others use epoxy.

Seeking recommendations from the experience of others on how to best preserve the bark on live edge.

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#1 posted 11-25-2019 08:28 PM

im with you i like the look of the bark left on.ive done a few live edge tables from oregon mrytle wood with no problems at all,i just used a maloof oil coffee table is about 18 years old and the bark is still solid.this could be due to the wood species,not sure.many will say the bark with come off no matter what you do,i disagree.ive also done one from maple burl also with no go for it,if it comes loose you can always remove if needed.

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