Live Edge Table & Milled Edge Traits | Loewen Design Studios
What’s the difference between Live Edge and Milled Edge?
What is a Live Edge table?
What is a Milled Edge table?
These are all great questions, and I hope to answer them all.
At Loewen Design Studios we offer 6 standard edges to your wood table, and we’ll work through all of those, but let’s start with Live Edge.
A Live Edge table is a wood table where the long edge (typically) is the edge of that tree. To begin with, all our tables are made with solid hardwood, which means they’re all pieces of trees stuck together. Most of those pieces are from the inside of a tree, with the outside of the tree cut off. Live Edge, however, is a wood table where that edge doesn’t get cut off, and you can see the natural shape of the tree. The bark is removed, and it gets sanded a little to keep everything fairly smooth, but it is the actual shape of the tree.
By contrast, when we say a Milled Edge, we mean everything else. Anything where the edge of the table has been cut with a saw, where it’s not quite the way nature made it.
Milled Edges are more consistent. We’re pretty good with a saw, and so they end up basically identical every time. Live edges are as consistent as nature makes them. We pick planks that we think look good, but it won’t match the picture as well as a Milled Edge will.
Edges We Stock!
This is another classic edge, a square cut with another bevel cut into the bottom to make the table feel thinner along the edges. This helps make the whole table feel lighter, and we typically only do this on the thinner table tops. This would typically have square corners as well. This edge is featured in the Fundy Collection.
A more modern edge, this has a slight softening roundover on the top of the edge, and a deep bevel on the bottom. This is also done with a rounded corner. This is a lighter edge that gives the wood table a thinner appearance as well.
This is an edge that specifically thins the wood table. A very slight rounded top edge and a very long bevel keeps the edge thin and light quite far into the table. This edge is a favorite of the elliptical ovals and Waterton Collection.
As we’ve talked about, this is the actual edge of the tree. It’s natural, and somewhat irregular. It’s not always straight up and down, and it’s not always straight along the edge of the table. This edge treatment is only on the long edges of the table. The short edges or ends of the table will be square cut edges on a live edge table. This edge is featured in the Banff, Jasper, and Mammoth Collections and provides the perfect natural wood table look and feel.
This is a table with a softened edge, a rounded top and bottom edge to the table, and a rounded corner. This is an edge that takes away any sharp corners, keeping it safe and comfortable to use. This edge is featured in the Pelee Collection.
This is the most classic edge, just a square cut. Exactly as it sounds it’s all square corners. This edge makes the table look strong and thick. This would be along all 4 edges of the table with square corners as well. This edge is featured in the Saguaro Collection.