Figured live edge slabs is an extremely common request.  Wood figure refers to the shape of the grain and the pattern that the grain of wood makes.  It’s worth noting that though this definition is accurate, if a unique grain pattern is considered figured, then all wood is figured since no two pieces of wood…

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hardenss of live edge slabs compared

A common question we get is about what type of wood is the hardest and most durable for a live edge table or furniture piece.  In this guide, we are going to breakdown the different wood species we offer by how hard they are. First, if you’re looking to buy the hardest wood we have…

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Woodworking with large live edge slabs can result in beautiful furniture pieces, assuming nothing goes wrong. In this blog, we’re going to breakdown the most common issues we see with live edge slabs. #1 – The Slab Warping This is by far the most common issue we hear with live edge slabs. This can happen…

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flattening live edge slabs

Flattening a live edge slab is a relatively simple process if you have access to the right equipment. We use Wood-Mizer’s SlabMizer slab flattener, which is basically a large router attached to a moving head that glides across the slab and removes fractions of an inch with each pass. After you surface across the entire…

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Live edge tables and furniture have a natural appeal, which is why many customers ask if they can have a table, bench, grill table, or other piece built for their outdoor space such as their patio. There is no easy answer to this, as many people have used live edge slabs for outdoor pieces, but…

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live edge seating capacity

Live edge tables are known for varying in both length and width. Some tables we build are 12′ + long and 5’+ wide. Others are a fraction of that starting around 5′ by 3′. A common question we get about these tables is from customers wondering how many people each size can seat. In this…

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The biggest difference between hardwood and softwood slabs is that softwood slabs come from conifer trees, whereas hardwoods come from deciduous, flowering, fruit, or nut-producing trees. They are used for many different things in construction, furniture-making, and more. In this guide, we’ll dive into some of the common applications and pros and cons of each.…

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live edge slab weight

If you’re building a table using live edge wood, it’s important to get a base that can support the slab. Live edge slabs typically weight 100-400 pounds once dried. This will vary based on the slab species, size, and thickness of the slab. Smaller slabs, that are 6′ or less, will typically weigh around 100…

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what is spalted wood

Spalted wood is extremely desirable for woodworkers. It has black wavy streaks that are eye-catching and add a level of detail to any piece of hardwood. The spalted areas of the lumber have a black marble pattern. Spalted maple is the most common, though it is still extremely difficult to find. We also see the…

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what is ambrosia maple wood

Ambrosia maple, also known as wormy maple, is a general classification for maple lumber.  It’s used to describe a variety of Acer (true maple) species that have color bug trails throughout the board.  These trails can cause stripes similar to those on a tiger.  Ambrosia maple is highly desirable for crafts, specialty wood items, veneer,…

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