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We've been wanting to work with a piece of live edge wood, but hadn't found the right piece of wood at a good price. On a recent trip through Suwannee County in North Florida, we happened upon a small family operated saw mill right by the side of the road. Just like we brake for pallets, we also brake for beautiful live edge wood sold at the side of the road!
We brought home a slab, 9 1/2 feet long by about 4 inches thick plus a large oval piece. The prices were really, really good!
We were able to get it into the Honda pilot without having to have it cut. It was a tight fit with three adults and all our luggage in the car, but we did it.
We mulled around ideas for the slab and decided to make two tables--a buffet for Steph and an entry table for Vicki which required making three cuts in the slab. We had to improvise since we did not have a tool deep enough to cut through the slab. We first used the circular saw to cut as far through as we could.
The top and bottom had wormholes, some of which, went through the entire piece. This made for a perfect opportunity to use epoxy with glow powder to fill them. On the right is our epoxy/glow powder test.
We removed the tape from the underside. Because the wood was not completely flat we had a little spillage outside the tape and between the tape. It took a long time to remove the tape but this was to be expected. In our case, it would have been helpful to use wider tape as some of the wormholes were large.
We love how this table turned out! This table is perfect in an imperfect way! Because we didn't have specialized tools like a planner, the table is not a perfect thickness, but despite this, the table is strong, sturdy, and functions well.
What is your dream live edge wood project? Would you use glow powder or just clear epoxy to fill in wormholes? #trylearnshare
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FYI: We are not professionals, and we don’t claim to be. This is what we found worked for our project. Yours may need a little different approach. Safety first!
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