- Project Name: Live Edge Cypress Slab for Desk Top
- Manufactured by: Carib Teak
- Project Date: May 14, 2019
- Wood Type: 12/4 Cypress Slab
- Location: Jupiter, Fl
- Project time: 10 hours
We were contacted by a local doctor in need of refinishing a Cypress Slab he acquired in North Florida. He was looking to use this for a desk top in his home office. Excited to tackle this new endeavor we were up for the challenge. This beautiful natural wood was very rough to start but turned out to be a gorgeous desk top in the end.
We began the project by hand sanding the edges of the live edge to a smooth surface. This process took time ensuring the bark wasn’t damaged as we sanded the edges. It is imperative to sand the edge smooth so it is smooth to the touch. You wouldn’t want to get you hand or finger caught on a sharp edge. Once the bark was sanded down we used the air compressor to clean out each crevice and surface, making sure there was little to no dirt remaining on bark. Next it was time to sand the bottom side to ensure no rough edges. The topside was next using several grits to ensure a smooth surface. Wipe down with mineral oil to clean the surface.
After the surface is clean it is time to seal it. We like to use a Matte finish Polyurethane to seal the topside. This sealant allows for the client to place a glass, dinnerware or serve ware on the surface without stain or water rings. The matte finish does not leave a shine on the topside but a dull layer of sealant allowing it to enhance the natural beauty of the wood grain. We started with spraying the edges of the live edge first, then covering the topside. Several layers were used to ensure all sides and edges were sealed. This process usually takes about 2 hours including dry time. After the live edge was sealed we let sit to cure for about 24 hours. It was now ready for installation. The client was so excited to get it into his home and use for his home office desk!
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