November 01, 2023 3 min read

When it comes to choosing a dining table, the options are almost endless. From classic rectangular tables to modern glass pieces, your choice ultimately reflects your style and lifestyle. But if you're looking for something that combines both artistry and functionality, a live edge dining table could be the perfect option for you. This unique style of table allows the natural form of the wood to shine, bringing a slice of nature right into your dining room.

What is a Live Edge Dining Table?

A Live Edge dining table is a tabletop made with Live Edge lumber. The essence of this design lies in the fact that the outer sides of the table still maintain the natural form of the tree from which the lumber is sourced.

Although you can use up to three, four, or five pieces of Live Edge lumber for your table, the natural shape of the wood remains preserved.

Types of Tables and Inventory Management

When it comes to Live Edge dining tables, there are two popular options: single slab tables and book matches. A book match is essentially two sequential cuts of a tree that, when folded open, are mirror images of each other.

This particular style is quite popular and allows manufacturers to better manage inventory. When logs are milled for book matches, these pieces are stored separately from the rest of the "jacket lumber" that comes off of the log. The smaller pieces of lumber are either put into multiple board glue-ups or used for laminations in table legs.

Size Capabilities and Large Projects

One of the advantages of opting for a Live Edge table is the flexibility in size. The largest table to date from our inventory is 16 feet long, with some even made from a single piece of wood measuring 14 feet long by 4 feet wide.

With large sawmills capable of cutting up to 40 feet in length, there are virtually no limitations on size, particularly with the high-quality lumber sourced from Kansas City. This flexibility in size also makes Live Edge tables suitable for large projects.

Wood Type Recommendations

While the most commonly requested wood type for live edge dining tables is walnut, due to its rich chocolate brown color, it's not the only option. However, it is crucial to note that not all wood types are suitable for dining tables, particularly those that will see high traffic.

Soft woods are generally not recommended as they are more susceptible to damage; they can dent easily and are not resilient against the daily wear and tear a dining table usually experiences.

Importance of Finish

Regardless of the type of wood you choose, the finish is a crucial aspect to consider. While soft woods may take to finish similarly to hardwoods, they are far more likely to suffer from dents and damage, even with a good finish. A quality finish can significantly enhance the lifespan and aesthetics of your Live Edge table.


A Live Edge dining table is not just a piece of furniture; it's a work of art that brings a touch of nature into your home. Its unique design and flexible size options make it an ideal choice for any space.

However, to ensure you choose the right table that suits your needs, it is vital to consider factors like the type of wood, size capabilities, and the finish. If you're interested in customizing a Live Edge dining table or have more questions, feel free to contact us for personalized assistance.