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Live Edge vs Traditional Cut Table

ile Gul Natural 17 Mar 2023

The difference between using live edge vs. traditional cut wood for epoxy tables 

Epoxy tables have become a popular trend in the world of furniture design, with many different styles and materials being used to create unique pieces. One such style is the use of live edge wood in combination with epoxy. Live edge wood has become a popular choice for many woodworkers and furniture makers, as it adds a natural and rustic feel to any piece. In this blog, we'll explore the difference between using live edge vs. traditional cut wood for epoxy tables.

Live Edge Wood Live edge wood refers to wood that has been cut with the bark still attached. This style of wood is often used in furniture making because it retains its natural shape and character, giving the finished piece a unique and organic feel. When using live edge wood for an epoxy table, the natural curves and knots in the wood can be accentuated with the epoxy, creating a stunning visual effect. Additionally, live edge wood is often used to create tabletops that appear to flow seamlessly into their legs, making for an elegant and modern look.

Traditional Cut Wood Traditional cut wood refers to wood that has been cut into straight lines, with all bark removed. This style of wood is often used for more traditional furniture styles, and can be easier to work with due to its uniform shape. When using traditional cut wood for an epoxy table, the design possibilities are endless. Since the wood has been cut into straight lines, it can be arranged and manipulated into intricate designs, and the epoxy can be used to highlight the patterns and textures in the wood.

So, what are the main differences between using live edge vs. traditional cut wood for epoxy tables?

  1. Natural vs. Modern Look Live edge wood gives a table a more natural and organic look, while traditional cut wood can lend a more modern, structured feel.

  2. Design Flexibility Traditional cut wood offers more design flexibility due to its uniform shape, while live edge wood is often used to accentuate the natural curves and knots in the wood.

  3. Difficulty in working with Working with live edge wood can be more challenging due to its irregular shape and the need to preserve the natural edges, while traditional cut wood is generally easier to work with.

  4. Cost Live edge wood can often be more expensive due to the uniqueness and difficulty in sourcing, while traditional cut wood is generally more widely available and therefore less expensive.

In conclusion, both live edge and traditional cut wood can be used effectively in epoxy tables, depending on the desired look and design. Live edge wood can lend a more natural and organic feel, while traditional cut wood offers more design flexibility. Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference and the desired outcome for the finished piece.

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