|Detail of the completed, stretched board|
|Original board as we received it|
We were instructed to use this board as the live-edge counter for a recent project. The idea was to resaw the board in two halves, trim the back and edges then, viola --a counter. That idea met its demise when we realized that the board was not wide enough and also happened to be a bit short.
We decided to stretch the board. The first step was to resaw it into two halves. We then cut approximately 1" x 3" strips from the underside of each half, then flipped these up to create a 1" x 6" bookmatched strip at the center of the new wider board.
|Pattern of bookmatched center strip|
|Cutoff being marked for a miter|
The problem of lengthening the board remained. We cut live-edge material off the back edge of the board, where the wood counter would abutt the wall, then repurposed this edge by adding it to each end of the board.
The material would have to be mitered, with the live edge flowing as seamlessly as possible with the live edge at the front of the board.
|Mitered live edge being prepared for attachment to board|
We thought it would be best if the seam at the front live edge occurred some distance from the miter. We also thought it would be good to have the seam where the new piece meets the board be irregular, following somewhat the flow of the wood grain.
|New board ends prior to gluing|
The challenge was to make the seams almost invisible. There was the added challenge of getting the angle of the live edges to align.
|cleaned up and finished|
|the left corner softened, carved, with the carved live edge color-matched|
|The stretched board|
So there you go. Whenever you hear someone say you can't stretch a board, know that actually you can. And if you enjoy this kind of thing like we do, it can be fun.