A natural wood table, what are they? Simply wood slab table built from a live edge or real wood slab, not laminated or veneered wood. Many of our tables constructed feature natural edge wood, also known as live edge wood. At the same time, others highlight the natural beauty of wood planks or dimensional lumber. Because of trends towards quality, real wood tables have made a comeback. With their ability to repair and easy care, it is a win as durable wood furniture. Whether a dining table, coffee table, or even a bathroom vanity, the options are endless, along with the array of design styles such as rustic, mid-century, and modern that use natural wood.
The web is full of examples of DIY woodworkers and custom furniture makers building solid wood tables. They use wood species such as Oak, Balck Walnut, Redwood, maple, and others. Designing and crafting natural wood furniture should be a joyous adventure from design to choosing the perfect wood species. Nothing is more impressive than an over 4′ wide 10′ long old-growth Redwood dining table. After all, natural wood dining tables built today feature several wood planks glued together.
Sourcing natural wood tables
Let’s be real; we all want quality, so why cut corners with imitation. “This is a tricky area and I do not wish to step on anyone’s toes. Whether purchasing raw wood or finished table prices can vary greatly. Dimensional lumber
pricedby supply and demand as are wood planks and live edge wood. Also, wood species, wood grain pattern, and whether the wood has been airdried or kiln-dried. For example, Black walnut, Claro Walnut, English Walnut, and Bastone Walnut are all comparable but each sells at different price points.
How to source natural wood tables!Sourcing wood whether with a live edge or not is much like sourcing dimensional lumber. The main difference is most local lumber stores have a limited selection or no selection. The internet features a great resource, although don’t be scared to ask questions. I ask questions such as when was the wood milled? Was the tree dead standing, alive, or on the forest floor? After the wood was milled was it stored inside or undercover. Was the material airdried kiln-dried or a combo of airdried to 12 – 14 percent moisture then finished in a kiln. I proffer 100% airdried wood and its natural beauty. Sadly sometimes we have to wait for good things. If the wood was milled last week it’s not ready to use. Wood takes an average of 1 year per inch to dry at a min.