Sand the whole surface with 80 grit continuing to 120 on the aggressive setting. I like to start with two to three coats of Odies Oil then two coats of Odies Wood Butter then finish off with two coats of Odies Wax.
Store your harvested pieces in a cool dry place.
How to finish live edge bark. Once the surface is prepped to 120 grit with the aggressive sander Move onto a random orbit finishing sander. Mar 09 2021 We typically use a small chisel and hammer and angle the chisel with the way the live edge tapers. With everything sanded I grab a jar each of Odies Oil Odies Wood Butter and Odies Wax.
This sanding will reveal any checks that should be addressed prior to doing anything else. Then sand the sap wood live edge with a smaller headed sander to bring out the color and remove any bark or dirt. Your best bet is probably to dip the whole edge in epoxy or glue like the wood turners do.
We clean up the bark well removing any loose particles that could float in the epoxy before it sets. I give a few tips and techniques that are super easy that anyone can do. I do have a coffee table that I used an oil based floor finish on that has held up well.
After all of the big pieces are removed you can sand the rest until your edge has a smooth surface. Once the surface is prepped to 120 grit with the aggressive sander Move onto a random orbit finishing sander. Oct 26 2018 How To Keep Bark On Your Wood Projects.
Aug 18 2011 I use a two part bartop epoxy for most of my work. Sep 03 2020 If you purchase an unfinished live edge slab of wood youll need to know how to properly finish the slab before using it for your DIY woodworking project. Removing The Bark From Live Edges.
Then its time to apply the sealer getting it into all the barks nooks and crannies so that no pieces go unprotected. For cookies burls and other types of. The bark is more adhered to the wood because sugar is not running through the sap edge.
Feb 13 2018 In this video I show how I finish my live edge slabs. Or if you can put it in a. Although they are a true part of the live edge I recommend softening them by lightly running a piece of 180-grit sandpaper over them just as you would do to break any other sharp edges.
It wouldnt hurt to use some pin nails and put them in inconspicuous spots as well as try to work some glue behind the bark in. The best bet to ensure the bark will not fall off is to cut the tree during the dormant period in the winter when the sap has stopped running and the wood has hardened off. Feb 13 2018 Sand the whole surface with 80 grit continuing to 120 on the aggressive setting.
Finishing Its common for a live edge to have varying degrees of sharpness and little points or birds eyes where a small branch started to grow. Now if youre planning on finishing your wood with something other than a clear coat apply some of that finish to the side that wont be visible. The first thing to do is to begin sanding to a smooth touch using 120-grit paper.
Preserving the bark on your wood can be a challenge. Bacteria or mold growing under the bark will reduce its bond to the wood. The key with all of these finishes is to apply a light film.
Cut the stock in the winter when the sap is not flowing. October 23 2015 at 853 pm 413418. Remove the bark and sand the wood.
Oct 26 2015 I remember reading somewhere the bark and the actual wood expands differently due to the difference in material even though both are wood but with two different purposes. Click to see full answer. Check it out 5 Tips For Better.
Then sand the sap wood live edge with a smaller headed sander to bring out the color and remove any bark or dirt. Before sanding use a chisel to peel off the bark section by section making sure to work along the edges of your slab so you dont gouge the surface.