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If you’re looking for a beautiful, natural and environmentally friendly option for table or mantle, look no further than live slab edge wood. This type of wood is sourced from fallen trees that still have their bark and natural edges intact. It’s a beautiful and unique option that can add character to any room in your home.
What is live slab edge wood and where does it come from
Live slab edge wood is a natural product that comes from the trunk of a tree. The wood is cut into thin slabs and left to dry. The slabs are then put back together and the natural edges are used as the table top or mantle. This table-top is very attractive and adds a rustic feel to your house.
Live slab edge table-tops come in all shapes and sizes and the prices vary too depending on the thickness of the table top and material used.
Before you start shopping for table tops, there are three things that you need to know about live table-tops: Size, Thickness and Edge Profile.
A) SIZE: Live table tops come in standard sizes such as 2×4”, 4×6” etc. If you don’t have a particular size table top in mind, you can always get a custom made table top at an additional cost depending on what type of wood is being used. The price range starts from $1 per inch.
B) THICKNESS: Live table-tops are usually less than 2 inches thick. This is the perfect thickness for table tops because it doesn’t damage easily and it’s easy to clean too. They can be made thicker but this will depend on how thick the original slab was. C) EDGE PROFILE: Different table top edges have different purposes. There are table-tops which have not been polished or finished, table-tops that have been oiled or varnished etc. Before making a purchase you need to know what edge profile you want your table top to have because this helps determine your pricing options as outlined above
Tree Species for Live Edge
When it comes to live edge wood, there are a few different types of tree that are commonly used. Some of the most popular options include Austrian pine, douglas fir, oregon white oak, and western red cedar. Each type of wood has its own unique characteristics that make it perfect for certain applications. Here are a few key differences between these four types of wood:
Austrian Pine: This type of wood is strong and durable, making it perfect for table tops and mantles. It also has a beautiful reddish-brown color that will enhance any room in your home.
Douglas Fir: Douglas fir is another strong and durable option, and it has a slightly lighter color than Austrian pine. It is also significantly less expensive than most types of live edge wood, making it the perfect choice when you are on a tight budget.
Oregon White Oak: This type of wood has a light brown color that will complement many different styles, ranging from rustic to contemporary. It is also incredibly strong and durable, which means table tops made with this material are scratch resistant.
Western Red Cedar: Western red cedar looks very rustic, thanks to its rich reddish-brown color. Despite the fact that cedar is one of the softest types of wood available, table tops built with this material are still very strong because table leg joinery actually goes all the way through it . If you want table that can support heavy loads without sacrificing table top beauty, cedar is an excellent choice.
There are many types of wood that can be used for live edge furniture, but some woods are better suited than others. Austrian pine, douglas fir, oregon white oak, and western red cedar are all great options, but they have different characteristics that make them better or worse for certain applications.
Austrian pine is a great choice for table tops because it is strong and has a beautiful grain. Douglas fir is also a good choice for table tops because it is strong and has a nice color, but it is not as resistant to moisture as Austrian pine. Oregon white oak is a good choice for table tops because it has a smooth, straight grain and holds shapes well. Western red cedar is another great table top wood; it’s soft and easy to work with but strong, and its natural oils prevent it from deteriorating quickly.
Regardless of which type of live edge wood you choose, it will add a unique look to any room in your home. Give us a call today to learn more about the options available to you!
Projects you can make with live edge boards: What Can You Make With Live Edge Slabs? 12 Project Ideas. (lancasterliveedge.com)
We also make custom cut lumber, if you need something with specific dimensions: The benefits of custom cut timber – Oregon Forestry Consulting