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08-26-2014 09:52 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question maple planer

I’m relatively new to woodworking but pretty good at general home renovations. I’ve decided to build a live edge coffee table for our living room. I’ve bought a maple slab of varying width 21”-32” X 67” X 2” . I will cut part of the top and bottom to eliminate the jagged edge and chain saw mark. I will have a steel base/legs fabricated. I have a couple questions:


1. The slab has a bit of cupping and twist to it. I was planning on addressing the cupping with an electric planer and then finishing it by hand. Good or bad idea? I probably have min 1/2” of material to take off in the middle.
2. Do I have to address this on both sides?
3. I have a crack in the middle (in some spots it goes all the way through) that I was planning on fixing with epoxy, I don’t want to use bowties. Recommendations on which product to use.
4. Given that this a coffee table, should I finish it the same way underneath as I would on the top?

Thanks in advance for your help.


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#1 posted 08-27-2014 12:22 AM

I would try to work out the cup by laying the cup side on the lawn and in the evening use some hardwood (oak) to screw on the cup side to see if it will straightens it up. finish both sides with whatever you use. Epoxy alone my not prevent additional cracking, but the oak braces may.


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