Live Edge Furniture Designs
“Live Edge Furniture” refers to the natural edges of the lumber used to make the furniture. Where most furniture is made with fully “dressed” wood or wood that has been planed to achieve a smooth and uniform dimension and finish, we’ll use a natural edge piece of lumber where its appropriate for the “live edge” look like the example picture to the right..The raw and uneven sides or edges, left uncut and altered from their original growth shape create striking contrast beside the usually smooth and finished surface of the table or furniture top. For those who love natural and especially reclaimed wood furniture there is a often a special admiration and draw to pieces where the craftsman incorporates live edges. The immediate connection to the origin of the materials is obvious and profound. In a way it is a celebration of sorts and and a form of reverence for the years of growth it took for the forest giant to mature before it became a sought after construction commodity.
What really is a “Live Edge”?
When building live edge furniture the craftsman respects the medium in which he works and knows the raw lumber deserves to be exhibited in the most flattering manner possible in order to show off the patterns and unique characteristics of the grain and edge details. Great care is taken usually to use each live edge lumber piece in the best way possible so the final product exhibits all the best features of the reclaimed wood.
Important Details About “Live Edge Furniture” Construction
- featured and unusual grain patterns
- captured knots and irregularities
- retaining best edge details
- incorporate as much of the lumber size as possible
Hopefully, now you know a little more about “live edge furniture” than when you landed here.