Live Edge Desk





Introduction: Live Edge Desk

About: Engineer who loves diy projects.

I decided to make a desk from a live edge wooden slab taken from a mesquite tree with homemade steel hairpin legs attached to it.



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    1 year ago

    I just love the look of this desk!

    The finish is well done and the thing I like most is the way the desk curves around creating a place for the mouse. Very well done.

    Beautiful work, it looks fantastic!

    I have plans for a similar build, a live edge (just basic pine) hall
    table with hairpin legs. The live edge pine board was picked up from the side of the road and the steel for the legs is coming from a rusty old fence in the backyard haha!

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    Thank you!

    That's Awesome! Very resourceful using parts from an old fence. haha

    This table is just flat out gorgeous!!! I am trying to do my live edge table, but, don't understand totally the epoxy part of it. For what I am trying to do, it will take a large amount of epoxy. What do you recommend as far as brands, supplier? Amazon has a large variety that only confuses me.

    Will send an image after work today.

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    Thank you!

    So as for the epoxy, you would want to use a two-part clear epoxy. Two-parts being a resin and a hardener. Depending how much epoxy you need to use and fill in the cracks or defects. You will need to look at handling time and curing time. You wouldn't want to buy an epoxy that cures too fast for a very large section. Slower curing and handling times will allow the epoxy to go into all the cracks/small areas and give time for any air bubbles to rise. Then you can pass over the epoxy bubbles with open torch flame to get rid of the bubbles. A good epoxy for wood will have a high water resistance and tensile strength too. Some epoxy brands that you can use on wood can also be used on certain marine applications. So your live edge wood slab is a lot like your car windshield with a crack on it. Any shift or movement can make that crack grow. Unlike your glass car windshield, wood will expand and contract with climate change. You would want your beautiful wood slab/piece to expand and contract as one whole piece and not in sections.

    As far as epoxy brands, I really like using west systems, system three resins, & devcon. For very large amounts I'll use west systems two-part epoxy with there hand pump attachments that make measuring very simple and accurate. Especially if your ratio mixture is not 1:1 with certain brands. So with west systems, if your mixtute ratio was 5:1 you could pump your resin five times and pump your hardener one time. for smaller projects I like to use systems three T-88 two-part epoxy. Systems three epoxy can cure in colder temperatures (can cure at 35 degrees Fahrenheit). So if you live in a colder location, that's another thing to consider. I also like to use devcon for small applications. But with Devcon you have to work very fast. Devcon has handling and curing time in minutes not hours.

    Send me or post a picture whenever you have a chance. I would love to see what you're working on and I'll be happy to help in any way that I can.

    Sooo, get to the good part: What did your girlfriend say when she laid her peepers on your AWESOME desk for her??? Mother Nature + elbow grease is far better than factory made, for sure!

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    She loved it. Her voice got a little higher pitched and then she gets quiet because she's inspecting the desk and ignoring me. That's how I can tell she really likes something Haha Also she immediately started putting her computer and books on it right away to use.

    I totally agree with you on mother nature & elbow grease. I definitely have a big appreciation for handmade furniture or anything handmade in general and the people who build/make things.

    HI-5 !!! You have a lady in your life who appreciates quality when she sees it, i.e. you, ....and also values the desk. Two home runs!

    Hi-5!! Haha

    I am very lucky I found her. She actually encourages me to make more furniture.

    HI , Great job, it looks like a quality piece. Thanks for sharing...its on my list to do now...I have some wood I can use.

    I have a question regarding the "epoxy". What is this for? I notice you pour it in the it to prevent further cracking. Thanks in advance for answering the question.

    Again...great job!

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    Thank you! That's awesome to hear you're going to build one too. Please post a picture once you finish, I would love to see it.

    As per your question about the epoxy. Yes the epoxy is to prevent further cracking and help keep structural rigidity. I'm not a big fan when it comes to using wooden bow tie inserts on wood cracks. I think wood bow tie inserts can sometimes throw off the look on a live edge wood slab. Also the epoxy will give you a perfect flat smooth surface in line with the wood surface after sanding.

    You are responsible for my first WOW of the year.

    I love them, those WOW's.

    So thank you.

    A lot.

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    Thank you! The wooden slab wasn't that expensive, it cost me $150 (US Dollars). The price really varies with the species of wood and if that wood species is native to your area. Also how many knots and cracks in the wood slab play a factor in the price too.

    So nice! I love that you actually made the hairpin legs yourself, rather than buy existing ones. This turned out looking excellent.

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