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 to 150lbs, whereas large slabs can weigh as much as 400 or more.
The majority of dining tables we build can be moved with two people. For larger pieces, we recommend having at least 4 people to move the table to avoid damage as you put it in your home. The last thing you want to do with a finished slab is damage it as you put it in your house!
Weight Estimates by Slab Species
As mentioned above, different species of wood will have different weights. This may be important to know as you choose what wood is right for your home.
If you’re wondering what the weight is of a particular slab, you can calculate it by looking up the wood density and then multiplying that by the volume. The formula for the weight of wood is density X volume.
Below are some standard weights based on the density of woods commonly used for tables:
- Pine – 2.5lbs per board foot
- Cherry – 3lbs per board foot
- Walnut – 3.3lbs per board foot
- Oak – 3.6lbs per board foot
- Hard Maple – 3.75lbs per board foot
If you’re interested in finding the weight of a specific slab, check out the lumber weight calculator below.
If you have any questions regarding how many board feet are in a particular slab, just ask! We’re happy to calculate it for you.
When estimating a slab’s weight, it’s important to get an exact reading on thickness. This should be obvious, but a slab that is 2″ thick would weigh twice as much as the same slab cut 1″ thick. The different of a quarter inch in thickness can be hundreds of pounds on our larger slabs.
Why Knowing the Weight is Important
Knowing the weight of your slab is important because you’ll need a table base that can support the slab. We use metal bases for our tables because they’re usually rated at 400lbs or more. We have had no issues with these bases supporting the weight of even our largest slabs.
If you have any questions about the weight of a particular slab, we’re happy to give you an estimate. Unfortunately we don’t have a scale large enough to weight them, but we can do our best to make a weight estimate and recommendation for a base to use to support it!
Nolan is one of the original members of the team at Lancaster Live Edge. Formerly, Nolan was the Marketing and Sales Manager at our company, and he also spent several hours a day building tables and custom furniture in our shop. Now, Nolan helps with our marketing initiatives. Prior to his time at Lancaster Live Edge, Nolan worked for years for his family’s custom home building company and has built everything from custom furniture to cabins to home additions.