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Live Edge Wood Slabs

Live edge wood slabs and wood slabs are both great options for table designs and furniture projects. The differences lie in the aesthetics of the slab top, the visual appearance of the grain and the edge of the slab. Live edge wood slabs are cut and or milled from ethically sourced salvage logs and stumps. They have an abstract shape on the outer edge of the slab. They may be wavy, slanted, or just all over the place. This style of slab offers a blend of rustic and modern features.It is also attractive to the eye.

Finishing Live Edge Wood Slabs

The live edge (or natural edge) is prepared differently than a square cut slab. This isdue to the organic shape and texture of it. Since there is a lot of variation on the edge, you must pay careful attention to how it is finished. The bark must be removed and sharp edges and burl spikes must be smoothed out. This is so there is nothing to catch or snag clothing. It should be smooth enough to the touch. It should also have texture to capture the rustic live edge idea.

Ethical sourcing and sustainability favor this type of design. this is due to the lack of waste and the fact that we cut these slabs from salvage stumps and logs. Live edge wood tables can be incorporated into just about any type of home décor. Regardless of what the current design theme is, a live edge slab can look gorgeous in any home or business.

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Live Edge Wood Slab – Finished By Kelly Maxwell of LittleBranchFarm.com

Solid Wood Slabs

Wood slabs – or solid wood slabs – do not have a live edge on the outside of them. They are generally square cut (90 degrees to the top). They are finished to the same level of smoothness that the top is. Some of the reasons for this include, customer preference and aesthetic qualitie. Or it could be just that the particular live edge was not suitable to leave on the slab. This type of wood slab can be one solid piece. It can also  be “Book matched” or even “Slip matched” to get a wider table top and a different look.
Book matching slabs can effectively give you double the width for your table top. The slabs need to be cut in a consecutive order from the mill, or one needs to be sliced in half. We generally mill our slabs to three inches thick, so if you want to Book match one slab, you will lose over half of the original thickness when you finish the slab. This method of jointing two slabs together can give you gorgeous results when done correctly. Depending on the grain of the slab you can achieve a butterfly effect with a seamless joint.

Slip Matching Slabs

Slip matching slabs is one more method that can be used to give you a wider table top surface. It is similar to Book matching slabs but instead of opening the two pieces like a book to joint them, you simply slide one off the side and place it next to the other one to joint them. You can also incorporate both Live edge wood slabs and Book matching together to achieve a wider table top and keep a Live edge on both sides of the slab. This technique is my personal favorite because you can take two narrower slabs with beautiful grain and turn them into a larger Live edge wood slab table.

Environmentally Friendly Redwood Slabs

Please make sure to do your research on the sustainability of live edge wood slabs and the sourcing that different companies use to obtain their supplies. Having beautiful furniture and protecting the environment can go hand in hand. Feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding Live edge wood slabs and different techniques that can be utilized during the building process.

 

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