Tuesday, June 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
What’s a live edge table?Remember that beautiful table at your family cottage? The one they seemingly stole from a fairy tale? Yup, that’s a live edge. These tables incorporate the natural edge of a piece of wood directly into their design. They’re rustic, raw, modern, and chic, not to mention sophisticated and built to last. A traditional live edge table will have tree bark on its sides; however, some people choose to remove it to avoid the bark possibly becoming brittle and breaking over time. In recent years, live edge tables have grown in popularity among furniture and design enthusiasts everywhere. Here’s what you need to know to build one.
How can I build my own?
How to source the right wood
Materials and tools needed
- A slab of live edge wood (three inches thick is optimal)
- A hammer (optional to remove bark)
- Two 2x4s and a sawhorse (or any tool to safely elevate your slab)
- An angle grinder, a sharpening disc, and a flat carving disk
- Sandpaper and an orbital sander
- A tape measure, pencil and drill
- Lag screws and metal table legs (you’ll need to measure and order custom sizes)
- Lint-free rags and a tack cloth
- Wood finish
Steps to follow
With your slab in its desired shape, use your orbital sander to buff out any aggressive marks. Start with a low grit and slowly increase.