What is a Wood Slab and What Can It Be Used For?

Live edge wood has a rustic appearance that has grown significantly popular in recent years. If you’d like to create a unique and natural look with your next project, you might want to consider using a wood slab. 

What Are Live Edge Wood Slabs?

Live edge wood slabs are cuts of wood without finished edges. Standard wood slabs and lumber comes with finished and straight sides. 

For example, when you build something with “two by four’s,” you know that every board is 4” wide and 2” high and can cut it to the desired length. A wood slab doesn’t have these uniform measurements. One part of the slab might be wider than the other.  

Uses for Live Edge Wood Slabs

Many people want to use live edge wood slabs for their beauty and rustic appearance. If you want something that maintains the natural shape of a tree, this is an ideal choice. 

What can you use a wood slab for? Your options are almost unlimited, but here are a few ideas:

  • Kitchen and bathroom counters

  • Kitchen islands

  • Dining room tables

  • Bar tops

  • Coffee tables 

  • Conference room tables

  • Desktops

  • Benches

  • Shelving

  • Light fixtures

  • Wall art

  • Bed headboards

  • Serving boards

Finishing Options for Wood Slabs

Live wood slabs are meant to provide you with a natural look, which may or may not work with your project. Some pieces have bark inclusions, voids, and cracks. These inconsistencies add to the charm of your piece, but you need to make sure that the wood you choose and the finish suits your application. 

The good news is that you have more than 30 options in local wood species to choose from and many finishing options. You can also buy a wood slab that is either finished or unfinished and ready for you to work your own magic. 

If the wood slab you want has knot holes or deep pits, we can fill it with the right type of epoxy that provides a fantastic 3-dimensional effect. Other finishing options include gluing and jointing slabs together as well as flattening the top of your slab so that it is ready to receive the finishing applicator of your choice. 

How to Order Your Wood Slab

Ashley River Lumber can help fulfill your vision for the perfect wood slab to complete your project. No two wood slabs are alike, and these items are tough to purchase online. We recommend a visit to our location so that you can look through our diverse inventory of quality and unique slabs. 

Give us a call or send an email to let us know what you’re looking for. We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to view our slabs or send you an estimate. 


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