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Answers to FAQs from our timber specialists

Welcome to Elephant Timber. We are a small family-run business supplying a wonderful selection of unique and beautiful timber slabs. Below are answers to some of the questions we are typically asked. If you cannot find the answer to your question, please get in touch and ask our timber specialists your question.

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General

Live edge timber, also known as a live edge slab or natural edge wood, is when the natural, unaltered edge, or bark, of the tree from which it was cut is retained. The result is a rustic appearance that showcases the tree’s natural beauty. Leaving the live edge on a slab of timber preserves the unique and irregular shape of the tree’s outer edge, including the bark, knots, and any other distinctive features.

The one-of-a-kind patterns of live edge timber are inherently unique, with irregular shapes and contours that make the timber stand out from traditional, straight-edged wood planks. Live edge timber can be used in woodworking, furniture making, and interior design to create distinctive and visually appealing pieces. Popular applications include live edge tables, countertops, breakfast bars, TV units and shelving. Visit the Elephant Timber online shop to see our range of live edge timber.

Live edge wood is timber that retains the natural, irregular edge of the tree it came from. This type of wood is great for making bespoke furniture, bar and kitchen countertops, shelving and decorative items that showcase the natural beauty of the wood grain and the unique shapes created by the outer edge of the tree.

We can supply our customers with characterful and distinctive live edge wood, including walnut, cherry, ash, oak, elm, sycamore and more. Visit our online shop to view the beautiful pieces of live edge wood we currently have in stock.

Live edge wood can be used outdoors for items such as tables and chairs. However, there are some extra considerations and protective measures required to withstand the elements:

  • Choose a wood species that is naturally resistant to decay and insects.
  • Regularly apply a high-quality outdoor finish or sealer to the wood.
  • Keep the wood off the ground to prevent direct contact with moisture.
  • Position in a location that receives protection from direct sunlight and heavy rain.
  • Inspect for any signs of damage, wear, or deterioration and address issues promptly.
  • If possible, consider storing indoors during extreme weather conditions.
  • Apply a treatment to discourage wood-boring insects.
  • Use outdoor covers when the furniture is not in use.

Please note that even with proper care, outdoor live edge wood will naturally weather over time. Diligent maintenance can help prolong its lifespan and keep it looking its best.

Visit the Elephant Timber online shop for our full range of live edge products and protective wood resins and pigments.

Live edge slabs refer to the large, flat sections of wood which retain the natural, unaltered edge of the log it was cut from, preserving the unique character and contours of the tree.

Live edge wood is ideal for making tabletops, countertops, bar tops and tables, including dining, coffee, occasional, conference, refectory, outdoor and restaurant tables. It can also be used for making floating or supported shelves that feature its live edges, as well as benches that can be used indoors or outdoors, workspaces, consul tables or writing desks.

Fireplace mantels and surrounds, headboards for beds, picture or mirror frames and windowsills made from live edge wood can showcase the beautiful, irregular and unique shapes of the tree’s outer edge. Other uses include bookcases, cupboard doors, chopping boards, serving trays, wall art and wood turning blanks.

We stock a wide range of live edge wood from various tree species. Each slab has the potential to be used to create visually striking and nature-inspired pieces. Please visit our online shop to view our stock.

Live edge wood is ideal for creating bespoke pieces of furniture, architectural elements and décor that retains the natural, organic edge of the wood.

Live edge wood is prized for its natural beauty and ability to bring a touch of the outdoors into interior spaces, adding character and a rustic feel to create unique and visually striking pieces of furniture, such as tables, desks, benches and shelves.

In addition, live edge wood is perfect for architectural elements such as stair treads, countertops, bar tops, custom doors, fireplace mantels and room dividers, adding a unique focal point to interior design. Live edge wood can also be used decoratively to create wall art, picture frames, mirrors and cutting boards.

We stock wood slabs with natural edges that add interest and makes each piece one-of-a-kind. Visit our online shop to view our wide range of live edge wood.

Live edge wood retains the natural, irregular edge of the tree it was cut from. This edge showcases the natural contours, knots and grain patterns of the tree, adding unique character to your woodworking projects. There are several types of tree species used for live edge projects, each with its own distinct qualities. These include ash, elm, beech, oak, cedar, cherry, sycamore, walnut and yew.

To help you select the type of wood to use for your project, please see our Tree Species Selection Guide.

Please get in touch with us if you need advice on the type of wood to choose for your next project.

“Live edge” and “natural edge” are terms used to describe the edges of wood slabs that have the natural contours of the tree’s outer surface intact. Although these terms are often used interchangeably in woodworking, there are slight distinctions between the two terms. 

Live edge refers to the outer edge of a piece of wood that retains the bark or outermost layer of the tree. Live edge slabs often showcase the raw and organic beauty of the wood, and are used in furniture making, woodworking and interior design.

Natural edge, refers more broadly to any edge of a piece of wood that has not been straightened or squared off. This can include both live edge wood, with the bark intact, and wood with edges that have had the bark removed but still retain the natural contours and irregularities of the tree. 

We stock a wide range of live edge and natural edge wood, so please visit our online shop to view our current stock.

Live edge wood retains the natural edge of the wood, showcasing the unique contours of the tree it came from. Live edge wood often includes natural curves, bumps and irregular lines. Some pieces retain the tree’s bark along the edges, although this can be removed if required. The grain patterns of live edge wood are prominently displayed, often highlighting the tree’s natural growth patterns and variations. Natural knots and holes can be left in place to add character to each piece.

Live edge wood can be used to create tables, benches, countertops, breakfast bars, mantelpieces, windowsills, shelves and other pieces of furniture. Visit our customer projects page for examples of the natural beauty of live edge wood at its best.

Price

Each piece of live edge wood is unique and therefore can be relatively expensive compared to traditional, straight-edged wood planks. Because live edge wood is sourced from irregularly shaped pieces of timber that retain the natural edge of the tree, these pieces are relatively rare.

Live edge wood is prized for its natural beauty, irregular shapes and distinctive features, and these characteristics make it a sought-after material for high-end furniture and interior design. The process of preparing live edge wood, including drying, sanding and finishing, can be time-consuming. The aesthetic appeal and the intensive treatment of live edge wood can contribute to its higher price.

Please visit the Elephant Timber online shop for more details on live edge wood costs, as prices can vary depending on the type of wood and the specific characteristics of the piece.

This is because each piece of our live edge slabs of wood are completely unique, which means they can be more expensive than standard planks of timber. Each live edge slab takes on the shape of the outer edge of the tree it came from, so there is limited availability. We use specialist milling and drying techniques to preserve the natural edge of the tree, a process that takes more time and expertise compared to standard lumber processing.

Our live edge slabs are chosen for their aesthetic appeal and natural characteristics. The visual appeal of the wood grain, knots and natural edges can make these pieces highly sought after.

The cost of our live edge slabs varies depending on the type of wood and its specific characteristics, so please visit the Elephant Timber online shop for more details on our live edge slab costs.

The cost of live edge wood can vary significantly. It depends on the type of wood used, the size and thickness of the slab, the quality of the wood, whether it is sustainably sourced and the final finish and treatment, such as kiln drying, sanding and applying protective coatings.

Live edge wood can be more expensive than standard timber. However, the uniqueness and natural beauty of live edge wood often justifies the higher cost for those seeking distinctive pieces for their woodworking projects or furniture. For the cost of our live edge wood, please visit our online shop.

As with many things, it is also true of timber that you get what you pay for. If you are looking for high-quality slabs of carefully kiln-dried timber that will not warp, crack or split, then we believe it is worth paying a bit more. 

The processing of our timber is labour intensive, and includes felling, transporting, splitting and drying. This involves significant costs, including labour, equipment, fuel and transportation fees. Timber slabs that have undergone additional processing, such as kiln drying, milling and finishing, ultimately cost more due to the added labour and materials involved in this process.

To ensure our timber is sustainable, we do not import wood from abroad. We mainly fell trees due to disease, old age, and storm damage or because they have outgrown their intended space.

At Elephant Timber, we know how to bring out the unique characteristics in every slab of wood we process. Our kiln dried slabs are perfect for a wide range of woodworking projects.

At the end of 2020 and throughout 2021, the cost of timber skyrocketed. This was attributed to increased demand and supply issues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, according to TDUK Market Data, timber prices in the UK have been dropping since the middle of 2022. At the end of 2023, the price of timber was comparable to that in 2018.

Please visit our online shop to view a wide range of live edge timber.

uses & applications

Elephant Timber supplies wood to interior designers, carpenters, builders, furniture makers, kitchen manufacturers and DIY enthusiasts. The natural organic edge of live edge wood makes it perfect for creating a wonderful selection of beautifully crafted wood products, including live edge table tops, coffee and side tables, kitchen countertops, bar tops, shelving, desks, conference and console tables, benches, chairs, headboards, cutting boards, mirror and picture frames, doors, beams and fireplace mantels. For inspiration on what you can create with live edge wood, visit our customer projects page.

We are specialists in live-edge wood, please contact us if you require assistance in selecting the right wood, advice on how to prepare and store your wood and how to care for your finished product.

The best wood for a live edge table depends on your specific preferences for appearance and durability. Popular wood choices for live edge tables include:

  • Oak is known for its strength and prominent grain patterns.
  • Ash provides premium quality and ability to withstand heavy use.
  • Elm delivers fine texture and subtle grain patterns.
  • Walnut has a rich, dark brown colour and excellent workability.
  • Cherry is recognised for its exquisite and timeless aesthetic.
  • Sycamore is known for its striking interplay of light and dark grain patterns.

When selecting live edge wood for your project, check the stability of the wood and ensure it is kiln-dried and properly prepared to minimise the risk of any warping or cracking.

Contact us for help and advice on choosing the right wood species for your live edge table top.

The best thickness for a live edge table depends on its intended use, your design preferences and the specific characteristics of the wood you choose. Thicker slabs generally offer more durability and can withstand the effects of wear and tear over time. Dining tables, for example, often benefit from a thicker top to provide stability and support, whereas, thinner slabs can provide a more modern and sleek appearance. Some hardwoods, like oak or walnut, are naturally denser and may allow for slightly thinner slabs while maintaining their strength. Softer woods may benefit from a thicker slab for added stability.

You should consider the overall balance and proportion of your live edge table. The thickness should complement the dimensions of the table, ensuring that it looks visually appealing and functions well in its intended space.

We can offer expert advice to help you choose the right thickness for your live edge table. Contact us today to see how we can help.

When joining live edge wood, you will need to create strong and visually appealing seams between the irregular shaped pieces. Here are some of the common methods used to join live edge wood:

  • Biscuit Joinery: Involves using wooden biscuits (oval-shaped pieces of wood) to align and reinforce the joint between live edge boards.
  • Dowel joinery: Holes are drilled into the live edge pieces, and dowels are inserted and glued into the holes to hold the pieces together.
  • Biscuit and dowel combo: Combining biscuits and dowels can provide additional strength and alignment. Biscuits can be used to align the pieces, while dowels reinforce the joint.
  • Butt joint: A simple and straightforward method that joins two live edge pieces by butting their natural edges together. Glue, dowels, or splines can be used to reinforce the joint.
  • Bow tie or butterfly key inlays: These are functional and decorative. Inlays can be made from contrasting wood and are designed to stabilise any natural cracks in the wood.
  • Mortise and tenon joints: These are a traditional woodworking method used to join live edge pieces securely. The protruding tenon in one piece of wood fits into a recessed mortise in the other piece.
  • Dovetail joints: These joints are a complex way to join live edge pieces as they require precision and skill.
  • Sliding dovetail joints: Combines the principles of dovetail joints and the mortise and tenon joints. It involves cutting a dovetail groove in one live edge piece and a corresponding dovetail tongue in the other.
  • Wood splines: Narrow strips of wood inserted into slots or grooves cut into the live edge pieces. The spline can run across the joint or be inserted at an angle for added visual interest.

When joining live edge wood, consider the design and aesthetic of your project, as these different methods will yield distinctly different results. The correct woodworking tools and techniques are crucial to achieve a strong and visually appealing joint.

Please contact our team for help and advice on joining live edge wood from our timber specialists.

Live edge wood is perfect for creating stunning and unique countertops that can be used as focal points in kitchens and bathrooms. To ensure your live edge wood countertop is durable, it must be properly sealed to protect the wood from moisture, stains and bacteria growth.

Live edge wood countertops require regular maintenance, including regular resealing and cleaning. It is essential to avoid harsh chemicals and abrasive cleaners that can damage the wood’s finish. Live edge wood countertops may require additional support, such as brackets, especially for overhangs or large spans. Proper support helps prevent sagging or warping over time.

Live edge wood countertops can be a stunning and unique choice for homeowners.  They are particularly appealing to those who appreciate the beauty of natural wood and are willing to invest the time and effort into proper maintenance and care. Please get in touch with us if you need advice on the best timber for your live edge countertop.

When choosing the thickness of your live edge wood countertop, you may wish to consider how much use your countertop will undergo. If you want to create a more substantial and luxurious look, especially in a larger kitchen or dining area, choose a thicker slab. Thinner countertops tend to have a more modern and streamlined appearance. It is also worth noting that thicker countertops may require additional support and reinforcement to prevent sagging or warping over time. 

Ultimately, the thickness of your live edge wood countertop depends on the type of wood, the desired look and its intended use. We supply a range of timber slabs that are suitable for creating bespoke countertops or tabletops in thicknesses ranging from 23mm to 75mm.

Making a modern live edge bench starts with selecting timber from the right tree species to create the perfect piece. Choose a live edge slab with the desired length, width and thickness. All of our timber is kiln dried to prevent warping or cracking.

Prepare the slab by removing any loose bark using a chisel or knife. Retain the natural edge for aesthetic appeal. Sand the wood, starting with coarse-grit sandpaper (80 grit) to smooth out rough spots and remove any remaining bark or debris. Progress to finer grits (120-220 grit) until the surface is smooth.

Flatten and level the slab using a planer or router sled. This ensures stability and even seating on the legs.

Treat your bench top by applying a finish to protect the wood and enhance its natural beauty. Options include oil, varnish, wax, resin or polyurethane. Apply several coats, allowing each to dry completely, and lightly sand between coats for a smooth finish.

Attach the legs by measuring and marking their placement on the underside of the bench top. Modern styles often use sleek metal legs, such as hairpin or trapezoidal. Pre-drill holes for the wood screws to prevent the wood from splitting.

care & treatment

When caring for live edge timber, the key to longevity is the correct sanding, sealing and oiling. We recommend finishing your live edge timber with two coats of OsmoPolyx-Oil, a combination of oil and wax.

Here are our tips on how to preserve the natural features and unique characteristics of items made from live edge timber:

  • Clean it regularly, to prevent dirt build up.
  • Avoid direct sunlight so it doesn’t fade.
  • Use coasters and placemats to protect from moisture,
  • Immediately wipe up any spills to prevent penetration.
  • Reapply protective finishing oil to restore sheen and enhance protection.
  • Maintain a consistent indoor humidity level to prevent cracking or warping.
  • Avoid extreme temperature changes, as sudden temperature shifts can cause the wood to expand or contract.
  • Address any issues promptly by inspecting for signs of damage, loose joints, or changes in the wood’s appearance.
  • Periodically reposition items to distribute any wear more evenly.
  • Keep an eye out for any signs of wood-boring insects. If you suspect an infestation, consult a professional for treatment.

Please get in touch with our timber specialists; we can offer advice on how to treat and care for your live edge wood.

To protect your live edge wood, and enhance its durability, we recommend that you seal it with two coats of OsmoPolyx-Oil, a combination of oil and wax.

It is important to preventing live edge wood from expanding or contracting excessively, which can lead to structural issues. Sealing the wood will protect it against moisture, and helps to protect it from stains and spills.

Properly sealed live edge wood can have an extended lifespan and will also enhance its natural beauty, by bringing out its colour and grain patterns.

Please get in touch with our timber specialists for advice on how best to seal your live edge wood.

When choosing to use live edge wood, sanding, sealing and oiling is key to longevity. Our guide on how to best prepare your timber for staining will help you with this process. For further information, please see our guide on how to protect your wood.

Our timber pieces can either be supplied in their natural, rough sawn state for further finishing or we can plane them to a smooth finish, suitable for fine sanding and sealing. We recommend that we apply a sanding sealer before despatch, to prevent any moisture damage in transfer.

If you choose to sand and treat your own live edge wood, we suggest you use a variety of sandpaper grits, reducing in coarseness down to a 120 grit. We also recommend finishing your live edge wood with two coats of Osmo Polyx-Oil, an oil and wax combination.

We stock a wide range of live edge wood, please visit our online shop to view our stock.

It is worth taking your time to thoroughly protect your live edge wood table. To do this you should apply a suitable finish, and use coasters or mats to protect the surface. Also, clean up any spills immediately, protect your table from direct sunlight and regularly clean the surface.

Protecting your live edge wood table will help to maintain its beauty and durability. Check out our full guide to Protecting Wood.

Maintaining a live edge on a wood slab involves preserving the natural beauty of the edge while protecting it from damage.

  • Remove any loose bark, dirt, or debris using a soft brush. Be gentle to avoid damaging the natural contours.
  • If the bark is loose but you want to keep it, consider using a wood stabiliser or resin to secure it in place.
  • Sand the live edge gently using fine-grit sandpaper. This will smooth out any rough spots without removing the natural shape.
  • Use a sanding sponge or flexible sanding pad to reach crevices and detailed areas of the edge.
  • Apply a finish that protects the wood and enhances its natural beauty. Options include oil, varnish, wax, resin or polyurethane.
  • Apply several thin coats of your chosen finish, allowing each to dry completely. Lightly sand between coats with fine-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish.
  • Regularly dust the live edge with a soft cloth to prevent build-up.
  • Reapply oil finishes as needed (every 6-12 months) to keep the wood hydrated and protected.
  • Keep the live edge dry to prevent wood from warping or cracking. Use coasters and avoid placing wet items directly on the wood.
  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause fading and drying. Place the wood away from direct sunlight wherever possible.
  • Use felt pads under heavy objects placed on the slab to prevent scratches. Avoid dragging items across the surface.
  • Lightly sand and reapply the finish to minor scratches or dents.
  • Fill deep cracks with epoxy resin or wood filler, then sand and refinish.

See our Guide to Protecting Wood for further advice on how to maintain the live edge on your wooden creations, or please get in touch with our experienced team.

DURABILITY

Live edge wood should not be left outside for extended periods, unless it is properly treated. Exposing live edge or waney edge wood to the elements can lead to various issues, including:

  • Weathering, which results in the wood fading, discoloration and damage from UV rays.
  • Wood is susceptible to moisture damage from rain, humidity or dew, which can lead to warping, cracking, and rotting.
  • Being outdoors exposes the wood to insects, fungi and other organisms that can cause deterioration and decay.
  • Extreme temperature fluctuations can affect the stability of the wood, causing it to expand and contract, potentially leading to cracks and splits.

If you intend to use live edge wood outdoors, it is crucial to seal it with a high-quality wood sealant or finish that is specifically designed for outdoor use. You should also place the wood on elevated surfaces to prevent direct contact with the ground and use a cover or awning to protect it from direct sunlight and rain. We recommend that you periodically inspect and maintain your wood, reapply sealant or finish as needed and promptly address any signs of wear, damage or decay.

We stock characterful and distinctive timber. Visit our online shop to view our stock of beautiful slabs of live edge wood.

Properly protecting your live edge wood for use outside can ensure longevity and durability. We recommend that you seal your live edge wood by applying a high-quality outdoor wood sealant that is specifically designed for exterior use. This finish will protect the wood from moisture, UV rays and insects. For full instructions on how to protect your live edge wood, please refer to our Protecting Wood Guide [Link to guide].

We also recommend that you position your live edge wood away from direct sunlight and keep the wood off the ground. Covering the wood with a tarp or under a shelter during periods of heavy rain or snow is also advised.

Some types of wood are naturally more resistant to decay, insects, and weathering, making them a good choice for outdoor projects. The best woods for outdoor use are:

  • Cedar – known for its natural resistance to rot and insects due to its high levels of natural oils. It is often used for outdoor furniture, decking and siding.
  • Oak – a popular choice for outdoor projects due to its durability and resistance to decay. It can be used for outdoor furniture, fencing and decking.
  • Sweet chestnut – highly durable, particularly resistant to decay and insect attack, making it suitable for outdoor applications.

Even the best suited timber for outdoor use will decline if left untreated or unmaintained. That is why it is vital that you use the correct finishes and sealants to help extend the lifespan of any outdoor wood. See our Guide to Protecting Wood for more information.

Wood furniture made from ordinary timber will last outdoors as long as it is regularly maintained, protected with using a good oil and put away over winter. Exposure to sun, rain, and temperature fluctuations can cause damage to wood furniture over time if the wood isn’t properly treated and maintained.

Before building your outdoor wood furniture, we recommend that you choose wood that is resistant to decay, rot and insects, such as cedar, oak or sweet chestnut.

You should also treat the wood with a suitable outdoor finish or sealant to protect it from moisture and UV rays. Choose an outdoor specific finish, such as varnish, polyurethane, or exterior-grade paint.

We suggest that you maintain your outdoor wood furniture by cleaning it regularly with mild soap and water to remove dirt and debris. Sanding and refinishing may be necessary to restore the finish and protect the wood. Whenever possible, provide shelter for your outdoor wood furniture and use covers to protect it during the winter months.

CONCERNS & ISSUES

It is important to prevent live edge timber from expanding or contracting excessively. Sealing your timber will protect it from stains and spills, extend its lifespan and will enhance its natural beauty.

Steps to finish and seal your live edge timber

  • Begin by sanding your wood to create a smooth surface. Start with a coarser grit (80 or 120) and progressively move to finer grits (220 or higher) for a smoother finish.
  • Wipe away the dust using a tack cloth or a clean, damp cloth.
  • Choose a wood sealant or finish that suits your preferences and the intended use of the timber. We recommend two coats of Osmo Polyx-Oil, which is a combination of oil and wax. Don’t forget to stir the sealant thoroughly before use.
  • Apply the sealant using a brush or foam applicator. Ensure even coverage on all surfaces, including the live edges. Work with the natural grain of the wood for a better finish.
  • Follow the drying time recommended by the sealant manufacturer. This can vary depending on the type of sealant used. Keep the timber in a well-ventilated area during the drying process.
  • If you are applying multiple coats, you can choose to lightly sand the surface between coats for a smoother finish. Again, wipe away the dust with a tack cloth after sanding.
  • Apply additional coats as needed, following the same process of stirring, applying, and allowing for the drying time.
  • Using oil on wood will raise the grain, we recommend that after the final coat is applied, you rub it down lightly with a 240-grit sandpaper
  • Remove any excess duct from this process with a vacuum cleaner, followed by a timber cleaning fluid.
  • Allow the final coat to cure completely before subjecting the sealed live edge timber to heavy use or exposure.

Please get in touch with us if you need further advice on how to best seal your live edge timber.

To prevent your live edge wood from cracking, it requires careful handling, proper drying, correct sealing and ongoing maintenance. See our Guides on how best to care for your live edge wood.

All of our live edge wood slabs are kiln dried slowly and evenly to minimise the risk of cracking. 

Once you have completed your wooden table, countertop, or furniture, try to keep it away from sources of excessive moisture and sudden fluctuations in temperature.

Live edge wood can be more prone to warping than traditional timber planks due to its irregular shape and moisture content. However, here at Elephant Timber, we kiln dry all of our wood, minimising the risk of warping.

We know that properly drying the wood to the correct moisture content can help to reduce the risk of warping. If the wood is not adequately dried before use, it may continue to shrink or expand, leading to warping as it acclimates to its new environment.

Applying a protective finish to all surfaces of the live edge wood can help seal in moisture and diminish the risk of warping. Be sure to follow proper finishing techniques and store your wood correctly before use, as detailed in our Guide to Storing Wood.

SPECIES SPECIFIC

Yes, pine wood can be used for live edge projects. As pine is a softwood, its properties may affect the final appearance and durability of your live edge project. Pine is more prone to denting, scratching, and wear over time. If your live edge project will see heavy use, you may want to consider the potential for wear and thus the need for protective finishes.

Pine is generally more affordable than many hardwoods, making it a cost effective choice.

The natural features of pine, such as knots and resin streaks, can add rustic charm to your project. However, if you are seeking a dark, rich or highly decorative wood, pine may not be the best choice.

Cherry wood is considered a high-quality hardwood and is therefore often more expensive than some other species of wood. The grade and quality of the cherry wood can impact its price. Higher-grade wood, with fewer knots, blemishes and a more consistent colour for example, is usually more expensive than lower-grade cherry wood.

The way the cherry wood is processed and finished can also affect its price. For example, kiln-dried and properly finished cherry wood may cost more than rough-cut or unfinished timber. Thicker boards or specialty cuts may also be more expensive.

We can offer expert advice to help you choose the right cherry wood for your project. Please contact us today to see how we can help.

Cherry wood is an excellent choice for tables, countertops and furniture. It comes in rich, warm tones of reddish-brown to deep reddish-brown and has a distinctive grain pattern with occasional dark streaks. Cherry wood develops a beautiful patina over time, deepening in colour, which enhances its character.

Cherry wood is less prone to warping and shrinking compared to some other hardwoods and is relatively easy to work with using both hand and power tools. It is hard and durable, making it suitable for tables and furniture that will see regular use.

We stock a wide range of live edge wood, please visit our online shop to view our current stock.

Finishing maple live edge wood requires careful preparation and application to provide protection. The steps to follow include sanding the surface and removing any dust, before applying an optional wood conditioner and wood stain, followed by a wood finish. Polyurethane, varnish, or lacquer are good options for finishing maple live edge wood. We recommend sanding between each coat of your chosen finish. Use our Guide to Preparing Wood for further information.