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mnorusis

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08-15-2021 09:09 PM

I’m working with some beautiful live edge oak slabs for a coffee table and I’d like to keep the bark on. I’m planing to finish with Rubio monocoat but obviously worried about the bark.

Has anyone kept bark on a table before, and if so, any finishing tips/suggestions for the bark edges?

Thanks!


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#1 posted 08-15-2021 09:59 PM

Take off the bark and leave as much of the natural texture of the grain under the bark.
Bark is too grabby it collects dust and Christmas sweaters too easily
Good Luck

-- Aj

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#2 posted 08-16-2021 02:12 PM



... any … tips/suggestions…
- mnorusis

Suggest you buy a camera and show us some pictures of what you are working with.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 08-16-2021 02:17 PM

yes ive done a few tables and left the bark on all of them.never really did much of anything special,all mine were finished with oil.the woods i used were mrytlewood and maple.ive had no issue with it coming off and it’s been 20 years on some.i prefer the look of the bark on.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 08-16-2021 02:32 PM

Thanks, appreciate that


yes ive done a few tables and left the bark on all of them.never really did much of anything special,all mine were finished with oil.the woods i used were mrytlewood and maple.ive had no issue with it coming off and it s been 20 years on some.i prefer the look of the bark on.

- pottz


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#5 posted 08-16-2021 02:34 PM

Sorry, didn’t realize I needed to ask for non-smartass suggestions, my bad

... any … tips/suggestions…
- mnorusis

Suggest you buy a camera and show us some pictures of what you are working with.

- LittleBlackDuck


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#6 posted 08-16-2021 02:51 PM


Sorry, didn’t realize I needed to ask for non-smartass suggestions, my bad

... any … tips/suggestions…
- mnorusis

Suggest you buy a camera and show us some pictures of what you are working with.

- LittleBlackDuck

- mnorusis


I am also sorry… I won’r say for whom! This was not necessarily a smart arsed suggestion just a curtesy request. Some of us aren’t gifted with mind read and would like to see what people are working with… especially when they are asking for suggestions.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#7 posted 08-16-2021 04:08 PM



Thanks, appreciate that

yes ive done a few tables and left the bark on all of them.never really did much of anything special,all mine were finished with oil.the woods i used were mrytlewood and maple.ive had no issue with it coming off and it s been 20 years on some.i prefer the look of the bark on.

- pottz

- mnorusis

no problem here are a couple ive done,finish was maloof oil.
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-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 08-16-2021 04:10 PM

Anything loose has to go. Clean it till its solid.

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mnorusis

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#9 posted 08-16-2021 04:25 PM

Beautiful work!!

Thanks, appreciate that

yes ive done a few tables and left the bark on all of them.never really did much of anything special,all mine were finished with oil.the woods i used were mrytlewood and maple.ive had no issue with it coming off and it s been 20 years on some.i prefer the look of the bark on.

- pottz

- mnorusis

no problem here are a couple ive done,finish was maloof oil.
Click for details
Click for details

- pottz


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#10 posted 08-18-2021 03:16 PM

Whether the bark will want to stay attached may depend on when the lumber was cut. If cut in winter, the bark is more likely to “stick” permanently to the wood.
I agree with suggestion that if anything is loose, it’s better to take it off now rather than have it come loose later.

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