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How Thick is a Walnut Table?

Aug 12, 2021 Darlene Loewen

As with any lumber, the thickness of a walnut table is different from the original thickness of the wood used to make it.  A standard 2x4 isn't 2" x 4" but rather 1 3/4" x 3 1/2".  It started out as a 2" x 4" piece of wood but once it was planed and sanded it was a bit smaller.

Similarly, at Loewen Design Studios, our live edge tables are built with planks that are 2” thick.  This is true for Walnut, Ash and Maple.  Once the table is all put together, it is then planed and sanded and finished and the final thickness ends up closer to 1.75”.  To have a finished table being 2" thick would require starting with 2 1/2" thick slabs/planks which is considered a specialty item.

Our straight edge tables are built using planks that are 1.5” thick.  Once it has been planed, sanded and finished, the table will be closer to 1.25” thick.

So as you shop for your walnut table, it's important to understand the industry terms so you can know what you will be getting.  If you're ever unsure about the details, ask the maker.  

Why We Build Multi-Plank Table Tops

Jul 29, 2020 Darlene Loewen

There are a number of significant benefits of a table top constructed of multiple planks.  This is why we choose this type of table top for our own home.