How To Finish A Live Edge Slab

Check out my tips and tricks on how I finish my Live Edge Slab furniture!


How To Finish A Live Edge Slab

Live edge slab furniture is all the rave right now, even though it has been around for a long long time. Finishing it can be a bit trick. I wanted to share some of my tips on how I get it done. I use three simple steps to cruise through my Live Edge Slab Projects

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3 Easy Steps

  1. Fill Voids
  2. Sand and Surface Prep
  3. Apply Finish

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Fill Voids

Start out by taping off the top of your slab. Yes, the top. I prefer to back fill the voids in order to save time flattening as well as save cost on the amount of epoxy needed to fill the void.

Live Edge Slab - Taping

Mix up a 2 part Slow Setting epoxy. I use West Systems 2 part, I tinted mine for this application with Black Noir . Once tinted You want to pour into the top voids on the bottom of the slab. Slowly allow for the epoxy to seep into the void. Bubbles will rise. Use a MAP Gas or Propane Torch to pop the bubbles.

Live Edge Slab - Epoxy Fill Live Edge Slab - torch bubbles

Sand the hardened finish with 80 grit. This will show any bubbles on the surface. Use a tinted FAST Setting epoxy to fill these holes.

Live Edge Slab - Fast Set Epoxy Fill Live Edge Slab - Fast Set Epoxy Fill 2

Sanding & Surface Prep

Once the epoxy is flattened continue with your aggressive sander. I recommend a Festool Rotex 125 or 150 for this application. A belt sander works as well. Sand the whole surface with 80 grit, continuing to 120 on the aggressive setting. Then sand the sap wood (live edge) with a smaller headed sander to bring out the color and remove any bark or dirt.

Live Edge Slab_ Sanding 2 Live Edge Slab_ Sanding

Once the surface is prepped to 120 grit with the aggressive sander, Move onto a random orbit finishing sander. Mark the whole surface with a pencil and slowly remove the pencil with 120 grit.

Live Edge Slab - random Orbit Sand

After Sanding to MAX 120 grit. Remove all the dirt from the surface with a Tack Cloth.

Live Edge Slab - Tack Cloth

Apply Finish

Once the surface is prepared to 120 grit, you can apply your Monocoat Finish. I have been using this awesome product, Rubio Monocoat. It has saved me tons of time and gives an amazing finish. Live Edge Slab - Rubio Monocoat Live Edge Slab - Rubio Monocoat

Finish the table in halves. Start on one side, then rub out the finish with a dry cloth. Continue this process over the whole top and apply to the edges with a rag.

Live Edge Slab - Rub Finish

Live Edge Slab - Finish Edges

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