A natural wood table really what are they. Simply they are a wood slab table built from real wood, not laminated or veneered wood. While some tables are constructed using natural edge wood also known as live edge wood. While others are built with wood planks or dimensional lumber. Because of trends towards quality real wood tables have made a comeback. With there 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 most natural wood dining tables are built from several wood planks glued together.
Sourcing natural wood tables
Let’s be real we all want quality but what the price point?This is a tricky area and I do not wish 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 sell at different price points.
How to source for 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 is 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 to 14 percent moisture the 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.