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Live Edge Slabs
« on: October 09, 2017, 12:51:48 PM »
Is it me or what?
Seems like live edge slabs are all the rage these days.
I'm seeing more posts about them here, Craigs list is full of them.
I'm even seeing them on face book for sale.

anyway, hope the market doesn't get too saturated, I want to try to sell some too!!!  ;D

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2017, 03:38:11 PM »
Its not you....it's what?  :D

Live edge is the rage.
The older I get I wish my body could Re-Gen.

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2017, 04:26:36 PM »
Tell me this. I have a live edge Live Oak that I sawed out a couple years ago. Really nice piece that I am keeping for myself. 4" thick and 8' long.

Problem is, the inside bark fell off as one piece. How does one glue it back on and the best glue?

 

 

That is the slab under other boards that were saw off.
 

 

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #3 on: October 09, 2017, 04:35:02 PM »
If you cut slabs and want the bark to stay on, cut the slabs in the winter time when the tree is dormant and the bark will be tight.  In the Spring and Summer when the tree is actively growing, the bark will not stay on.
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #4 on: October 09, 2017, 05:06:35 PM »
Well, that is just part of a branch and it was  fell in April, and free. Still a very nice piece that I am using as a bench under my patio. ;D

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #5 on: October 09, 2017, 06:56:15 PM »
I don't get a whole lot of Live Oak and I'm personally glad.
I just don't have any luck with it. Kinda rubs my fur backwards.
The older I get I wish my body could Re-Gen.

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2017, 07:08:11 PM »
I can't give them away at a $1.00 a BF. W Pine, I have a barn full of Black cherry, can't sell them at $2.oo a bf. But I sell a lot of 2x4s.  :D :D :D :D :D :D
This winter I'm going to put legs on them and see if they sell. If not , then fire wood. :D
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2017, 07:46:55 PM »
You must not be holding your mouth right (old saying)  :).
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« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2017, 07:57:07 PM »
The way I sold some SYP live edge slabs was build some benches out of them. Got a big stack of syp slabs now. Fixing to bench them out for Christmas. ;D

 

 

Takes me about an hour to build and I charge $100 for them. Cost me less then $5 each to build. ;D

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #9 on: October 09, 2017, 07:57:30 PM »
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« Reply #10 on: October 09, 2017, 08:07:52 PM »
Liquid nails...

A little glue and a few screws. ;D

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #11 on: October 10, 2017, 12:35:51 AM »
Is it me or what?
Seems like live edge slabs are all the rage these days.
I'm seeing more posts about them here, Craigs list is full of them.
I'm even seeing them on face book for sale.

anyway, hope the market doesn't get too saturated, I want to try to sell some too!!!  ;D

Jon

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Saturated, ya don't say?    popcorn_smiley

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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #12 on: October 10, 2017, 06:29:50 AM »
You must not be holding your mouth right (old saying)  :).






Nay, The customers I get are too smart to spend big $$ on slabs. I see things at the fairs and just shake my head at the prices.
 

  

  

  

  

 
No time in making this over priced stuff.
Now if you want something that takes talent to do and spend $$ here you go.
 

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 
If you have customers that will spend big $$ on slabs good for you and best of luck. Maybe I need a better customer base. :D :D :D :D :D
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #13 on: October 10, 2017, 11:05:48 AM »
I put slabs, specifically 4 inch thick brace stock, in my pole barn for a year to dry.  The bark seem to then stick pretty well.  If I then wanted to keep the bark on, I'd treat it with water thin epoxy, soaking coat after coat in to saturate it and get it to soak down through the cambium. Then after that, I'd be careful not bump or bang it.  I don't know about the winter summer thing... that will affect how much sap/moisture is in the cambium layer.  I dry the bark on Walnut and Cherry so that the under layers of bark paper stick to the brace stock.  After it has dried enough (a year does it) I draw knife the bark off leaving the paper adhering.  Then I sand it, and clear shellac it.
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2019, 07:13:40 AM »
Old thread.
I agree with Peter.
I dont have too many, maybe 40 or so Cherry, Sugar and Red maple
On marketplace on FB I can find at least 15 sites with these for sale at bargain prices, I cant compete with these guys.
I can make more $ selling Hemlock and White pine lumber. 
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #15 on: June 26, 2019, 11:00:57 AM »
The key for me is offering flat, planed, and kiln dried to below 10%, slabs.  Many people saw them, very few people dry and prepare them properly.  If I did not have a kiln, I would probably not fool with them either. 
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2019, 02:45:50 PM »
The key for me is offering flat, planed, and kiln dried to below 10%, slabs.  Many people saw them, very few people dry and prepare them properly.  If I did not have a kiln, I would probably not fool with them either.
Its the same for me.  Im selling oak slabs almost every week.  Kiln dried down to 8%, and #1 or #2 common grade.  Sometimes we will straight line rip and epoxy fill before planing.  Typically selling for $6.00 for red oak on up (12 - 18 wide).  WO and other species start at $9.00.  This is for splatted edge, lower grade lumber.
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Re: Live Edge Slabs
« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2019, 03:09:12 PM »
I had a neighbor once who would sell stuff, wood,worn out tolls, you name it, all at prices that would make your head spin.  I'd ask him, in a nice way, if people didn't get mad st him or call him a crook. He said they did but since he eventually sold everything at his price he didn't care.
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