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Forum topic by BusterBrown posted 01-31-2021 11:23 PM 403 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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BusterBrown

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01-31-2021 11:23 PM

I’m working on a Siberian elm live edge that will become a coffee table. The edge has several ‘thorns’ or knobs.

Any ideas on what to do with these? I could cut them off or sand them down but then I’d have spots. I’m thinking of smoothing them out a bit and using a sanding wheel with flaps on it to clean up the edges. Other/better options?


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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 02-01-2021 12:03 AM

Personally, I think they look kinda cool, I would just take out any really sharp points (hand-sanding) and leave the bumps.

Cant see so much but that appears to be a fine piece of timber.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#2 posted 02-01-2021 02:07 AM

I have seen those on various other woods. I think they are where little limbs started growing and died before getting large. Kind of like little bud spots. I would leave them on, more character. They seem be on some Locust trees and Chinese Elms that I’ve noticed. Mel

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#3 posted 02-01-2021 03:11 AM

I like them too. Wood pimples. :)

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#4 posted 02-01-2021 03:21 AM

Definitely leave them on. They give extra character, although it might only be the woodworkers that appreciate them.

You may want to sand down the points a little bit so you don’t get stabbed when you put your bare feet onto the edge of the coffee table. :)

-- Steve

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