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I'm truly a novice..........Have been looking at purchasing a live edge coffee table, then had to have a huge tree in yard cut down and want to make my own.............Does the slab I'll be using have to dry out or cure before sanding and finishing it ?........Thanks in advance for your help.
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I'm truly a novice..........Have been looking at purchasing a live edge coffee table, then had to have a huge tree in yard cut down and want to make my own.............Does the slab I'll be using have to dry out or cure before sanding and finishing it ?........Thanks in advance for your help.
Yes, the general rule is one year for every one inch of thickness and it will not be flat by the time you are ready to use it if it will be air dried. I would find a local cabinet shop that can flared it for you or look into making a router sled to flatten it.
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I too am fortunate enough to have a tree in my yard that is being taken down and am wanting to try my hand at some live edge style. I was thinking at first to just approach it with a chainsaw to get it in the general shape and size I want and then take it to the table saw if needed and then just work my way through the grits on sanding it. But as far as sealing the bark and other open parts, would a lacquer or maybe even an epoxy of a sort be good? Or what if I don't want it to look so glossy or glassy? If it helps this tree has been declared "dead" or dying by two professional arborist


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I personally use a 60cc chainsaw with a 20' bar and a chainsaw mill. I mill it at 2' then lose a 1/2 in from planing it. I let it bake in my sunroom over the summer stacked and separated and clamped down.if it's got moisture in it, it will bow like crazy after you treat it. I like oil based polys and then a 3 in 1 coat thick clear poly at the end then wet sand with 1200 grit to get it smooth. Wallnut and other beautiful grain wood table tops get the best finish with an epoxy. You can always take your router and make a channel across the bottom of the table, put a heavy peice of key stock in then apply non fiberglass Bondo. This will keep it from bowing. Epoxy gives my wallnut tables an unbelievable finish
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I just finished this wallnut table and benches , I used epoxy to finish the top and I'm happy with it
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