This was a great request from a client: to do a reverse live edge monkeypod table. So you get the nice clean lines of the outer edges and let the middle of the table express the live edge of the dining table. Added to that several butterfly joints and a nice clean and simple U leg and it ends up being a truly unique dining table.
This was a custom table and base for a client in Texas. The top is a beautiful raw edge spalted maple bookmatched top. The slabs had great subtle feather figuring running down the middle of the whole light wood top. The base was another thing all together. This was easily the hardest base we have ever made, later on we made an awesome chrome tree leg in the same style.
Unfortunately we didn't take enough photos of this table. It's a bookmatched live edge mango wood dining table with a wenge stain. Our supplier in Costa Rica who deals with some of the most spectacular salvaged and reclaimed woods always tells us that mango wood is his favorite. And I totally get it. It has beautiful small graining sort of like white oak, except on steroids. With great figuring and burling, for a light wood it also gets great colors - even occasionally green streaks showing up in it.
This is a spectacular single slab of mango wood that we turned into this live edge dining table. It's hard to get wide and long slabs of mango wood, and this one was 10ft x 4ft. Mango wood is one of our favorite woods, with great varieties of color, spectacular graining and it finishes to a glass surface like no other wood we work woth. Just to give you an idea of it's appeal, here is the link to our mango wood page.
This is a really cool coffee table made from four consecutive crosscuts of mango. That way if we are careful when we join them all togheter, where they meet the grains will all match up giving the piece a bit of a Rorschach ink blot look to it. The salvaged mango wood really shows off the contrast in color between the outer and inner parts of the log adding some great interest to the piece and creating a great unuusual coffee table. Sorry we didn't take more photos of it.
This is one of our most popular designs in our custom wood desks. Made from a single live edge monkeypod slab and a thick lucite leg, this is the desk version of our diving board table. The lucite leg gives the illusion of that end being suspended in mid air, and the raw edge to the desk brings the organic feel to a modern looking style, and because we know you will be leaning against that edge a lot, we go out of our way to not only keep the live edge, but to make sure that it it perfectly smooth and sweater snagging proof.
This reclaimed wood bench is made from an 18ft long slab of claro walnut. As far as live edge wood bencheds go, this one might be on the extreme end at 18ft, but the client that ordered it clearly had a very large and specific spot for it in their house. So we use it as a great example of no matter how large scale you want to go with your custom furniture designs, there is a high likelyhood that we can fill it. The live edge makes what would otherwise just be a long straight edge bench a lot more interesting, breaking up the 18ft with interesting curves and indentations.
To us, this bookmatched black walnut slab dining table gets the best of both worlds. The straight outer edge gives it a nice clean look that is only emphasized by the raw center edge to the table. The feather graining runs all the way through the slabs making it one of the best grained dining table tops we have made for someone. Sitting on our square tube legs it has a great balance between modern and organic.
This is a really large slab of elm which makes for one of the nicer light wood dining tables we have made. It's hard to find single slabs of lighter woods this large to make a decent sized dining table - this one was around 9ft x 4ft. To us, elm is the light wood version of walnut with long flowing grain and a distinct sapwood. So if you are looking for a light wood dining table, elm is a great place to start.
This was a set of waterfall grain tables we made for a client - a console and a coffee table. They are each made out of single slabs of claro walnut, so the grain is continuous along the whole piece. A raw front edge and a straight back edge make these claro walnut tables really easy to push up against a wall as an accent piece, or to have in front of a sofa with the raw edge facing out and the straight edge facing in.