Redwood Slab Coffee Tables
One of the most common uses for a beautiful old growth California redwood slab is as a coffee table. Coffee tables come in all shapes and sizes. The more unique the wood, the more of a conversation piece it becomes. These are also a great DIY project.
Designing a Coffee Table
Your first determining factor for designing a coffee table is going to be the size and shape of the space you have available. If it needs to be rectangular, I would suggest going with what we call a tree slab. These are cut from the trunk of the tree. You can either go with a really straight grain piece, or find something unique. I personally would choose to go with something with curly grain. A natural edge is nice, but if you want to see the curl all the way to edges, you would want to shape them. Here is a great curly slab:
Redwood Burl Slabs
If you have a round or triangular space, then one of our burl slabs might be a better choice. Our redwood burl slabs usually get cut from the root section of the tree, usually below ground. Cutting into roots is like opening a treasure chest because you never know what you are going to find inside. A lot of the time it is just straight grain with a lot of curves coming from the shape of the root. Sometimes it is a spectacular lace burl. Lace burl is pretty rare, you almost never find it. When you do find lace burl it’s something special. Here is some very high quality burl, as good as it gets:
If you are in the market for some coffee tables, end tables, or even a dining table be sure to give us a call. We also specialize in putting together a whole matched set with unique bases.