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Things you Need to Know about Live Edge Slabs

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

From sourcing the finest quality local wood to working with skilled artisans who understand the unique nature of live edge wood and putting your trust to a knowledgeable wood supplier can be well worth it. Having access to various types of wood slabs without having to do any work yourself can save you more time and energy.

Live edge wood slab lumber has been abundant in nature for centuries, but it’s only recently become predominant of modern design. In fact, live edge pieces were once considered useless byproducts of the lumber industry – pieces that simply weren’t suited for anything other than firewood or compost. But when designers and artists got their hands on the pieces, they were able to uncover their hidden potential. With just a little sanding, these boards could be transformed into one-of-a-kind home décor with an incredible story behind them.

These slabs are carefully cut with a two manned bandsaw. Same logs are kept together and then air dried for several months before loading them in our fire heated kiln. Weekly temperature checks for slow drying occurs over approximately 6 weeks until the internal moisture content is between 8%-11%. After removing the slabs from the kiln, they’re ready to be planed on both sides and set in our dry assorted warehouse for purchase.

The rich contours of natural wood edges give tables, benches, and other projects a sculptural quality, almost as much art as furniture. Thankfully, anyone can build such stunning projects because doing so requires only basic techniques and tools.

Another great thing about building these types of organic projects: There's really no right or wrong way to do it. No two slabs will be exactly alike, making each project unique. Simply let the natural shapes, and the tips here, lead you through design and building.

For quality live edge wood, check out Signet Slabs right now!


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