The most common question we get is “how much will a table like this cost me?” So we’re here to give you the answer. For a large live edge dining table, you’ll most likely spend $1500-$10,000. This will vary based on how large the table is, whether or not you want to use epoxy on your table, the finish type, and labor. The species of wood also will influence the cost. Walnut is the most expensive (at least that we offer), whereas pin oak is the cheapest.
Below are a few tables we’ve made if you’re wanting to associate a rough price with the table you have in mind.
- 6 Foot 3 Inch Aqua Blue Walnut River Table$2,720.00
- 7′ 4″ Maple Dining Room Table$2,098.00
- 9’x4′ Bookmatched Black Walnut Table$4,100.00
- 10’x5′ Walnut Slab and Blue Epoxy River Table$6,900.00
- 6 Foot Sycamore Slab Table$1,420.00
- 6 Foot Walnut Live Edge Wood Table On V Frame Legs$2,035.00
- 6 Foot Maple Table With Blue Epoxy Resin River$2,500.00
- 7 Foot Maple Live Edge Table With Bowties$1,800.00
- 7 Foot 6 Inch Maple Wood Slab Table$1,650.00
- 8 Foot Walnut Reverse River Table$3,000.00
- 8 Foot Sycamore Slab Table$2,000.00
Cost By Table Type & Size
The cost will vary based on the type of table you order and the size. Below are common sizes with price ranges.
10 Foot Table – $2000-$6000.
8 Foot Table – $1800-$5000
6 Foot Table – $1600-$4000
4 Foot or Less – $400-$2000
The biggest variant in cost when buying live edge tables is whether or not the table uses epoxy resin, and if so, how much.
Pouring epoxy is a labor-intensive and expensive process. Epoxy resin alone costs around $80 a gallon, and that’s before the labor to pour it. Tables that have a lot of epoxy are always going to cost more than those without it.
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Factors That Influence The Price of Your Live Edge Table
Finish – As mentioned above, epoxy finishes and river tables are the most expensive due to the cost of epoxy and labor to pour it.
Polyurethane is a cheaper alternative to epoxy if you’re just looking for a nice finish to the wood slab. It has a similar glow over the wood and will last you for years to come.
The cheapest finish we offer is a hardwax LED oil. The equipment to do this finish costs thousands of dollars, so many companies won’t offer it as a finish. However, after the upfront investment in the equipment, finishing is relatively cheap and will give your table a beautiful glow and really bring out the beauty in the natural grain. This is one of our favorite finishes as it will give you a more natural look, at a cost-effective price.
Slab Species – Some slabs cost more than others. When buying live edge slabs, this is something to take into consideration. More expensive species include walnut, maple, cherry, and white oak. Ash, sycamore, hickory, red oak, and pin oak tend to be cheaper.
For live edge slabs, you’ll typically pay per board foot based on the rough cut slab size. We then charge a flat fee of $80 per hour for flattening and wide belt sanding. This is built into the final table cost. Flattening a slab will take 1-2.5 hours depending on the slab size. Sanding the slab then takes around 1 hour, as long as it’s 54″ or less wide. 54″ is the max size we can fit through our wide belt sander. Anything larger has to be sanded by hand.
Base Options – Most of our slabs are sold with metal bases. There are a variety of options that will cost anywhere from $400-$1250. We offer cast iron, cast aluminum, and steel table base options.
Larger bases that have three tiers, such as in the right table in the picture above will cost more, and two-tier bases such as the table on the left will cost less.
All of our bases are handmade by local craftsmen in the Lancaster area. You will simply be charged for the cost of the base. These bases are a hair more expensive than what you may find on amazon or other websites, but since live edge slabs are so heavy, a sturdy base is an essential investment for your table.
Taxes & Delivery Fees – Taxes will vary based on the state you are in. In Pennsylvania, we charge a 6% sales tax on all of our live edge tables and epoxy river tables.
Delivery and shipping fees also vary. We can offer local delivery for a relatively small fee of $40 per hour. This includes installation of the table in your home.
For customers far away from our location, additional fees such as trailer rental expenses, hotel stays, and more may apply to the delivery charge. This will be added to the final price of the piece. If you purchase a table that needs to be shipped, we will coordinate the delivery. This will include reassembling the table unless told otherwise. For large tables, curbside is typically the only option as our delivery crew is only two guys.
Getting The Cheapest Live Edge Table Possible
“Cheap” and “Live Edge” are words that don’t really belong in the same sentence. Even the cheapest live edge dining table will cost you $1000-$1500. “Cheap” is also associated with low-quality products, which isn’t what we sell.
However, if you’re looking for the best bang for your buck, we recommend the following:
- Pin Oak as the wood type. This slab will vary from $3-$10 per board foot (this varies based on width), which makes it our cheapest slab.
- No epoxy. If you’re looking for a cheap table, you don’t want to use any epoxy as $80 a gallon will add up fast.
- Hardwax LED Oil finish. This is a beautiful finish that will bring out the natural grain of the wood. It also is relatively quick to put on.
- Two-tier base. The base is an area we don’t recommend going cheap. A nice table with a cheap base will be wobbly and may even break under the weight of the slab.
- A smaller table. The smaller the table, the cheaper it will be. Smaller tables are faster to flatten, sand, and finish. This results to lower labor costs.
- No bowties or other finishes.
Questions About the Cost of a Custom Table?
If you have questions about the cost of a live edge slab table, simply contact us online. We offer free quotes for custom live edge tables. If you see a table you like on our site that’s sold, we can also make you a similar piece using another slab of the same species!
Nolan is the Marketing Manager for Lancaster Live Edge. When he isn’t working on our marketing initiatives, he’s in the shop building tables and furniture with the team. Prior to working with Lancaster Live Edge, he worked for a digital marketing agency for nearly 4 years. His family owns a custom building company and he’s helped build everything from custom furniture to home additions. Nolan has been woodworking for nearly 20 years.