How to Finish Live Edge Slabs

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How to Finish Live Edge Slabs

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There is a certain beauty to live edge slabs that straight, finished edges simply don't have. Even though live edge slabs lend your woodworking project a natural, rustic look, you still need to finish them. Curing, sanding, and sealing the wood will ensure that your project lasts for years to come.

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If you have a live edge slab that you want to finish, first, peel off any bark in 6 to 8-inch sections using a rounded chisel. Once the bark is gone, take a rotary tool with a sanding flap wheel and sand the edges down smooth. Next, sand the surface to the smoothness you want and vacuum up any dust, or else you might end up with a messy finish. Then, use a sponge brush to apply a coat of polyurethane coating. After the coat is dry, sand it with 500-grit sandpaper and repeat 2 more times. Then, wipe the surface with mineral spirits and wet-sand with 2000-grit sandpaper. After letting the slab dry, apply 1 coat of shellac and let it dry again before sanding with 400-grit sandpaper. To finish off the slab, repeat this process until you have 3 coats of shellac, then give it a spray of lacquer. For more tips, like how to fill in any voids on the surface of your wood, read on.

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