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ShopNotes Podcast E024 — Lively Live Edge Discussion

By: Phil Huber
Live edge wood projects are popular. Learn how to make them look their best.

Wood project parts that include a natural, "live" edge has offer a unique look to tables, cabinets, and even chairs and benches. Its continued popularity over the last few years proves its appeal. John, Phil, and Logan talk about their own opinions of the style. They discuss the oppotunities and pitfalls that await makers who want to explore this branch of woodworking.

George Nakashima deserves a lot of credit in using thick wood slabs into his disctinctive pieces. And intentionally or not, serves as the muse for many live edge pieces made today.

Live edge projects also include "river" tables that turn the live edges to the inside of the piece. Then covered with glass, or filled with tinted epoxy these projects have a dedicated following ... or not. Here Greg Klassen's work provides one of the earliest sparks of this movement.

As a newly minted sawyer, Logan sees potential slabs in each tree he cuts.

What we're working on:

Phil is basking in the completion of his compact router table and fence before jumping into completing a gentleman's dresser project.

Phil's compact router table

Micro adjustable router fence

Logan has a new-to-him camper that is a bit of a fixer upper. He's found that particleboard flooring makes a delightful ... ceiling material.

Flooring on the ceiling

John is up to his armpits in Beech, creating parts for the next epsiode of the Woodsmith Shop. His backyard playhouse has a short punchlist of items, but the kids seem to enjoy it already.

Nope. That's not a beer Logan is drinking during the episode. It's a Sprecher's Maple Root Beer. And frankly is one of Phil's favorite beverages of all time.

Published: June 19, 2020
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