CHOOS­ING A LIVE-EDGE COUNTER

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A rec­om­mended car­pen­ter can help you source kiln-dried wood that won’t split.

Reg­u­larly oil­ing it will de­velop a patina. If that’s not your style, seal it with a wa­ter-base fin­ish, which pre­serves the wood’s nat­u­ral color and adds a durable film to the sur­face. Bark adds rus­tic­ity, but note that it may fall off as wood ages. It’s best for ar­eas that aren’t fre­quently used. “I would not leave it on an is­land where you’re bel­ly­ing up to it,” Paprocki says.

I FIN­ISH IT?

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BARK OR NO BARK?

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