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01-13-2020 06:50 PM

I am starting work on this maple live edge table and want to keep the blistered look of the live edge

Im scared if it go at it with 80 grit to start on an orbital i’ll remove most of the blistering

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#1 posted 01-13-2020 06:59 PM

If you like the look of the edge then don’t sand it. Don’t do anything to it except lightly brush off dirt.

Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 01-13-2020 07:06 PM


If you like the look of the edge then don’t sand it. Don’t do anything to it except lightly brush off dirt.

Good Luck

- Aj2

Its a little too rough at this point though. It needs some work done but I dont want to lose the blistering

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#3 posted 01-13-2020 07:16 PM

You could try a fine wire brush, by hand or on a circular brush you can use on a drill. I’m thinking fine brass or similar. There are also circular sanding brushes that might work. Just search circular sanding brushes to find some.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 01-13-2020 07:18 PM



You could try a fine wire brush, by hand or on a circular brush you can use on a drill. I m thinking fine brass or similar. There are also circular sanding brushes that might work. Just search circular sanding brushes to find some.

- LesB

I was thinking about using a sanding mop chucked in a drill

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#5 posted 01-13-2020 07:22 PM



You could try a fine wire brush, by hand or on a circular brush you can use on a drill. I m thinking fine brass or similar. There are also circular sanding brushes that might work. Just search circular sanding brushes to find some.

- LesB


Agree with the fine wire brush. You only remove what’s loose…

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#6 posted 01-13-2020 08:03 PM

I have a set of 3 wire brushes from harbor freight. A stiff plastic, a brass, and a steel . I start softest and slowly work up, stopping if i see it taking “too much” off. The “too much” is your eyes personal preference. On that personally i would go to the brass brush, not steel.

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#7 posted 01-13-2020 08:29 PM

One of these will work. Pick your grit.

https://www.amazon.com/Dico-541-772-4-Nyalox-Wheel-4-Inch/dp/B00004YYD7

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#8 posted 01-13-2020 08:34 PM

I don’t see any blistering on the edge. A live edge is typically the tree bark. Yours appears to be a rough split.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#9 posted 01-13-2020 08:59 PM



One of these will work. Pick your grit.

- Rich


I tried some of those Once!, Give me your address I will send them to you. lol
I didn’t like the ones I got.

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#10 posted 01-13-2020 09:54 PM

I’d leave it as is. You touch with any sort of abrasive you stand the chance of losing all the character of that raw edge.

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#11 posted 01-13-2020 10:03 PM

I don’t think that I would even use a wire brush. I would just use a stiff plastic bristle brush and only brush by hand.


I don t see any blistering on the edge. A live edge is typically the tree bark. Yours appears to be a rough split.

- Phil32


I think he’s talking about the little bumps that are indicative of the figure you can also see in the grain.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 01-13-2020 11:16 PM

Pick your grit


But if you want the bumps I’d use a green scotchbrite pad and some sanding sealer.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#13 posted 01-14-2020 12:45 AM

if you like that look leave it alone or just brush off any loose dirt at most.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#14 posted 01-14-2020 01:18 AM



if you like that look leave it alone or just brush off any loose dirt at most.

- pottz

Agree…. you can’t finish lose bark…

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#15 posted 01-14-2020 06:14 AM

Just run over it with 150, see what you think. If the sharp points are gone enough to make you happy, it’s a go. That’s what I did.


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