What type of wood is best for a dining table? What wood type is best for a bar top? What’s the best wood type for a coffee table?
These are questions we get quite often and the answer is simple… it’s all of them! Any live edge wood can work for any project, it just comes down to the work you’re able or willing to put into it. Hard Woods such as Black Walnut, White Oak, and Ash wood are usually preferred for bar tops, table tops, and vanities, but Soft Woods such as Maple, Cottonwood, and Hackberry can also be used for these with a little extra work.
This Cottonwood Round Slab is a perfect example! Cottonwood is soft by nature and is prone to having soft/punky areas in the wood. These characteristics leave it low on the list for wood table top projects because of the extra stabilization needed to stay flat and solid. Because our customer was willing to take the extra time and steps, we were able to stabilize this slab using C-Channel Struts and a mix of Clear and Black Epoxy to create a stunning final product. They now have this one-of-a-kind table top to enjoy for years to come!
This Black Walnut Table Top is another great example! Black Walnut is a hardwood, which is great for wood table top projects, but this beautiful set was passed over many times because of the large voids. Once the right customer found this piece, it was transformed with Black Epoxy into a stunning Conference Table Top!
At the end of the day, it is all about making an educated choice on what live edge slab is best for your project. Our detailed item listings give you everything you’ll need to decide if a slab is the perfect or if it is a little more work than you’re ready for, and as always, if you have questions we are here to help!