Live Edge Slab Bark Removal


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Hello all... I could use some suggestions about how to go about removing the rest of the bark off the front of my Live Edge Redwood Slab.

I've used a drawknife, 1/4 sheet sander, hand sander, a couple [handmade] scrapers and some MINOR angle grinder work...... But I'm having trouble getting the rest off....

Here's what I have left to remove:

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That's almost as far as I would want to go. But you can get a stiff bristle wheel, (a plastic material, not wire) for your drill motor from HF that will get the rest off for Ya.

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Ok. Since I'm going to finish it with General Finishes stain and Arm-R-Seal. If I stop now and leave it how it is, will I be ok? Or should I completely remove it all? I'm going for a matte finish "rustic look" and I kinda like it with the "left over bark look", but being my first Live Edge Slab protect I wasn't sure.....

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STAIN ? Blasphemy ! Slab redwood looks best with a simple finish, why add stain and conceal the grain they charge $$ for ? Dyes add color without concealing the grain if you absolutely have to add color. Practice on scrap or the bottom before you jump into finishing the whole slab ! 

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My apologies. Disregard my last... It necessarily be "stained". At least not to the point of concealing the natural beauty of the grain. I'm just going to slightly darken the color(if that makes any sense. Haha).

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Dye will still be clearer than any pigment stain I know of. Another option, if you just want a deeper tone, is to put on a coat of shellac that still has some of its natural color. It is available in a wide range of tones, ranging from almost black, through the reddish-browns, to very clear. Pigmented stains are pretty bad about leaving a "muddy" look on most conifer species.

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