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Why Choose a Live Edge Table?

Why choose a Live Edge Table?

Live edge tables and furniture have become much more popular over the last few years. Woodworkers and craftsman across the globe are working hard to meet the demand for these increasingly popular tables. If you are considering buying or building a live edge table, here is what you need to know.

What is a live edge table?

A live edge table incorporates the natural edge of the wood into its design. When building live edge tables, we usually remove the bark (though not always), and preserve the natural edge of the wood slab. The picture below is a great example of a live edge burl coffee table. We removed the bark from this burl wood slab, and sandblasted the edge to remove any splinters and rough surfaces. Finally, we sanded and finished the slab and paired it with a stump base.

Example of a live edge slab used for a coffee table or other Live Edge Tables

While the live edge on this burl coffee table might be obvious, larger and cleaner grained slabs of wood can also feature a live edge. The table and benches shown below feature a more subtle live edge. The table has a live edge on both sides and the benches have a live edge on the outer side.

Example of live edge table and benches - Live Edge Tables

Why do we love live edge tables?

Live edge wood is more environmentally friendly.

When we produce live edge tables, we are being more environmentally conscious. When milling logs for specific lumber cuts you are often left with waste. Cuts around the edge will often be misshapen and not fit to be used for furniture or construction. We mill our burl logs and stumps to produce the least amount of waste possible.

There are more options for our customers.

We allow you to decide exactly what type of edge you want by keeping the live edge on our wood and slabs. Some customers prefer the edges to be cut straight, and some customers prefer some custom shaping to be done to make the edges smoother. In those cases, we can custom cut the edges of any burl wood slab to fit each customer’s needs.

We think it looks better!

Lastly, we believe that the live edge of the wood simply looks better! Redwood is such a beautiful wood to work with. Each piece carries so much history with it, and we like to preserve as much of that history as we can.

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