Why choose a Live Edge Table?
Live edge tables and furniture have seen an uprising in popularity over the last few years. While live edge tables have likely always been made, the rise in the popularity has had woodworkers trying to meet the demands of customers across the globe.
What is a live edge table?
A live edge table is a table that incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the table. The bark is usually removed (though not always), and the natural edge of the wood slab is preserved. The picture below is a great example of a live edge burl coffee table, the bark was removed, the edge of the slab sandblasted to remove any splinter-like pieces and surfaces sanded and finished.
While this example of a burl coffee table might be obvious. Larger, cleaner grained slabs of wood can also feature a live edge. The picture below is a picture of a table and benches that feature live edges. The table has a live edge on both sides and the benches have a live edge on the outer side.
Why do we love live edge tables?
It’s more environmentally friendly.
First and foremost is that they are more environmentally friendly to produce. When milling logs for dimensions (milling wood to produce specific clean sized cuts: 2×4, 2×10, etc…) you are often left with waste. Cuts around the edge will often be misshapen and not fit to be used for furniture or construction. Our logs, burls and stumps are milled to produce the least amount of waste possible.
There are more options for our customers.
By keeping the live edge on our wood slabs, it allows for you to decide exactly what type of edge that you want. Not all tables or slabs that we ship will have a live edge. Some customers prefer the edges to be cut straight, and some customers prefer some custom shaping to be done to make the edges smoother.
We think it looks better!
Lastly, we just believe that the live edge of the wood looks better! Redwood is such a beautiful wood to work with and look at, each piece carries so much history with it and we like to preserve as much of that history as we can.