July 11, 2017

What Are Live Edge Wood Tables?

Live edge tables are a contemporary furniture crafted from old salvaged trees. They have history literally written into their rings, which make for a great aesthetic when designed into an actual table slab. Live edge tables have a distressed wooden vibe that is molded to perfection by experienced craftsmen. Their texture sets them apart from the traditional wooden tables that have been part of our vintage as well as contemporary interior designs for a long time. They are long lasting and extremely stylish. Each slab has a different density of hardness. All of Northteak’s live edge tables are crafted from teak and suar wood, which are the best option for styling the best live edge tables.


The Process

They say that there is no other artist like nature itself, and live edge table is definitely proof of that. The process of making a live edge table is fairly simple. They’re made from natural wood slabs that are air-dried and finished with kiln dry. Let’s look at this process in a little more detail:

  • The ideal piece of wood is first handpicked from a large collection. The criteria for selection is narrow, which makes each live edge table an extremely individualized piece.

  • After this, the wood is milled and dried to leech out all the moisture. This is done through both air drying as well as kiln drying techniques.

  • When it has been adequately de-moisturized, the craftsman steps in to design the slab in the form of a customized table.

Northteak sources the wood for its live edge tables from hundred-year-old renewable forests in Indonesia. They are then beautifully designed in Vancouver, BC.


How to Choose Your Live Edge Table?

The best part about live edge tables is that they have unique, individual patterns. Every tree is different, which is every wooden slab has different patterns, knots, and grains. This distressed imperfection is an acquired taste for every person, and that makes live edge tables such a hit furniture product.

Since every piece is unique, you can select which style and surface suit your tastes bests without worrying about mass-produced similarities. You can visit the Northteak showrooms to pick the live edge table of your dreams. It would be good to note that the wider and larger slabs have been sourced from older and larger trees, which is why they are sold at higher prices.

Tree Species for Wood Slabs:

The wood for live edge tables is sourced from multiple species of wood. Each of these has their own unique characteristics. This makes every live edge table a customized product. Let’s look at how every species of wood can create such a distinctive table.

  • Oak: Oak has a diverse range of sub-species of its own – almost 600 – which is why it is one of the most proliferous kinds of wood. Oakwood live edge tables are extremely cost-effective. Its straight-grained natural finish makes it easy to stain and cut when preparing to craft a live edge table.


  • Pine: Pinewood is exceptionally pliable, which makes it easy to mold it into a live edge table. Pine is also available in a number of colors ranging from reddish brown to yellowish. A pinewood live edge table would definitely fit right in a contemporary style interior design. It is also the most abundant kind of wood in North America, which makes it the easiest one to curate.


  • Beech: Beech tree wood is extremely durable. It is hard and solid with a nice threshold of strength. It is pale in color, with small tints of dark whorls in the mix. It is straight grained with minimum texturing, and would be perfect for a minimally designed interior. Its soft hue would also make it a great choice for modern style interiors.


  • Maple: Maple wood has a double-edged aesthetic; it is naturally light in color, but darkens imperceptibly when exposed to a certain degree of light. However, maple wood grain is exceptionally fine, which doesn’t translate very well while designing a live edge table. It is a beloved species of wood for craftsmen and artisans, though. Maple wood live edge tables would be a great choice for casual interiors.


  • Cherry: Cherry wood is very diverse and well-liked by craftsmen. It has several grain patterns as well as a number of colors. It has a pinkish natural tint which morphs into a rich reddish brown upon cutting. It is easy to work with, and offers a great range of aesthetic that is suitable for many interior styles.


  • Walnut: This kind of wood is extremely expensive and rare. It has a rich, chocolaty color with straight grains and irregular texture. Walnut wood live edge tables can imbue a posh, luxurious vibe within the interiors.


  • Teak: Teakwood is medium brown or gold-ish in color. However, it darkens with age. It has straight grains, which can sometimes be interlocked or a little wavy. It has a coarse texture and has high resistance against mold. It is easy to work with, and finishes well. It is durable and would deliver great live edge table designs. Teak wood is also very expensive, but it would look elegant in any interior design setting.


  • Suar: Also known as the ‘rain tree’ suar wood has interlocking grains and is extremely robust. Its high end durability makes it the prime choice for any kind of furniture – especially live edge tables. It is resistant to decay and termites. Its sizeable wooden cut-offs also make it the most desirable choice for table-tops and slabs.


Caring for your table

Here are a few tips to take care of your live edge table:

  • Be careful about prolonged exposure to hold or cold items. They will leave stains.

  • Occasional polishing would be good for sealing minor scratches.

  • The gloss of a live edge table would fade away with time. The remaining patina texture would only add to the tables’ personality.

  • Use natural cleaning products for seasonal cleaning. Vinegar is prime choice.

Why shop from us?

Although live edge tables could be crafted from all manner of wood species, teak and suar are the top choices. At Northteak, live edge tables of fine quality and craftsmanship are available in teak and suar wood. Their demand and desirability has only increased over the time.

Northteak’s live edge tables are designed from 50-100 year old trees. These provide wider and larger slabs which would be a great addition to any kind of interior design.


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