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Live Edge Walnut Slab6/20/19
A related trade friend brought me the top of a console style cabinet he made for their family room for under their bay window. It is a slab of black walnut 118" x 22" x 2" with a live edge. Truly impressive chunk of wood he got at an auction a few years ago.
Here are some factors:
Here is what he told me:
Here is what I am thinking:
Please note that this is NOT a money-making project for me. He will pay whatever I ask, but we have a long history of collaborative projects where we have both made money from one another's efforts. This is something he wanted to do for himself and his family for years, so I want to "join" into the project and put up something remarkable.
I am a little hazy on how to treat the crappy live edge. When I scratch away the dry fungus, the wood looks silvery-grey, very unlike the rich tones further into the slab.
I do a fair amount of live edge finish jobs jobs (mostly wooden sinks some with bark intact and some chain sawed to replacate a live edge, also tables) when using 2k poly l thin down the finish 25-50% and brush on to and into the bark, scales or end grain before spraying. When finishing with CV l'll brush on some clear penetrating epoxy sealer on those same areas but have also sealed the whole piece with the epoxy too.
Thanks for the input! Here is a shot of the worst area on the live edge. It is soft about 3/16" deep. Could I use draw knife/spoke shaves to get back to firm wood or is the wire/flutter approach better?