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Live Edge Class

Last week I showed the first project that was completed during my live edge class at Peters Valley. This week I will show you Mark’s table.

The Top
Mark found a rugged cross-cut slice of a sycamore tree that was cut down near his home. His slice was wide and impressive and originated from the base of the tree, just above the roots. The arborist who cut it just wanted to fell the tree and did not intend to saw a perfectly parallel cut for a coffee table top, hence we had to deal with two major challenges. First, the slice was in the shape of a wedge. Second, the broader face of the slice was all messed up with marks from the chainsaw’s crisscross paths.

In order to start this project we came up with an effective surfacing strategy that called for an electric hand-held planer followed by a Lie Nielsen #62 plane.


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