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My neighbor gave me this 2" oak slab. Its dang nice but the edge has a lot of wet rot. I am comfortable stabilizing the crack with bowties and the knot with epoxy before finishing, but any advice as what to do with this rot at the edge?

Was thinking about taking a flap wheel sander to it. The higher mag pic is after I dug at the edge with a screwdriver.

Ultimate goal is either a coffee table (maybe not this one) or may cut it half and make an interesting shelf.

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I think I'd have a go at it by hand, lightly with a spoke shave first. Then finish up with sand paper or your flapper wheel if its not too destructive. Some of those tear aluminum up in a hurry..

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Originally Posted by Salty303
I think I'd have a go at it by hand, lightly with a spoke shave first. Then finish up with sand paper or your flapper wheel if its not too destructive. Some of those tear aluminum up in a hurry..


Yeah, I was thinking about hand tooling it first....

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Rotten is rotten. Cut it off and proceed as planned.


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It'll look great cleaned up lots of cool funky grain going on cool You've got a good neighbor ..

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Would it be worth ripping it, and joining it together? Cut out the bad wood.


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Spokeshave and use sanders to replicate a live edge.


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You wouldn't lose much good wood with a tablesaw, but if I was just trying to take the punky wood off, I'ld start with a hatchet. Most people have 1 and they are a lot more useful for hand working wood than people give them credit for. That chopped edge would look more at home on a "rustic" piece than any sander will do.

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Originally Posted by LJBass
You wouldn't lose much good wood with a tablesaw, but if I was just trying to take the punky wood off, I'ld start with a hatchet. Most people have 1 and they are a lot more useful for hand working wood than people give them credit for. That chopped edge would look more at home on a "rustic" piece than any sander will do.

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I hadn't considered that, but might work. Might try it and then move on to spoke shave if I don't like it.....

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I'd turn it into BTUs in the fireplace.

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Originally Posted by Bristoe
I'd turn it into BTUs in the fireplace.


Thats what I do with stuff like that.


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Originally Posted by killahog
Originally Posted by Bristoe
I'd turn it into BTUs in the fireplace.


Thats what I do with stuff like that.


That's a consideration, and may happen. But I'm gonna give it a go at rehab.

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Draw knife if you have one and a rasp.

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What would you like to have in the end?


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A little bit of a live edge, realizing that's not reality.

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If me dad was alive, he would crap over
The "Live edge" stuff these days.


Slab wood is slab wood.
That stuff used to be a edged off and burnt on the scrap pile.

A decent piece of wood has 4 square edges.


That said, it's cool in a rustic way.
About like 5000 square foot "cabins" in "the mountains".


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I just priced out some live edge bar tops in Ash for a Bar were doing a build out for. The hipster woodworkers are REALLY proud of them for sure.



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Originally Posted by Dillonbuck
If me dad was alive, he would crap over
The "Live edge" stuff these days.


Slab wood is slab wood.
That stuff used to be a edged off and burnt on the scrap pile.

A decent piece of wood has 4 square edges.


That said, it's cool in a rustic way.
About like 5000 square foot "cabins" in "the mountains".


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Thanks for the help.

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Nice chunk of firewood.

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Its a style thing that's all and its sure as hell nothing new, live edge, burls and other rustic stuff was all the deal in the 60s and 70s. Now its in vogue again.

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