The World of Live Edge Tables: Everything You Need to Know About Their Unique Beauty, Distinctions, and How to Choose the Perfect One For Your Space. - FargoWoodworks

The World of Live Edge Tables: Everything You Need to Know About Their Unique Beauty, Distinctions, and How to Choose the Perfect One For Your Space.

In the heart of every home, there lies a piece of furniture that tells a story, a centerpiece that stands as a testament to the beauty of nature and the artistry of craftsmanship. Among these prized possessions, live edge tables hold a special place, embodying the perfect harmony between natural elegance and human ingenuity. At Fargo Woodworks, we take pride in crafting these unique pieces, each with its own narrative and character. It's important to understand what a live edge table is and the different processes when finding one for your home, so this blog post is exploring the distinctions between live edge glue-up tables, book match tables, single slab tables, and epoxy tables.


What is a Live Edge Table? 

A live edge table is not just a piece of furniture; it's a slice of the natural world brought into your home. Unlike traditional tables, live edge tables retain the natural contours of the tree from which they were cut, showcasing the wood's raw beauty, complete with knots, grain patterns, and imperfections. This design philosophy celebrates the organic shapes of wood, making each piece truly one-of-a-kind. The allure of live edge tables lies in their ability to blend rustic charm with modern aesthetics, creating spaces that feel both warm and contemporary. Beyond their visual appeal, these tables tell a story of sustainability and craftsmanship, connecting us to the natural world in our everyday lives.


Live Edge Glue-Up Tables

Live edge glue-up tables are crafted by using a smaller live edge slab, cutting it down the middle, and  joining multiple boards together along their edges. This method allows for the creation of wider surfaces while maintaining the distinctive live edges on the outer sides and keeping it budget friendly. Each slab is carefully selected and aligned to ensure an aesthetically pleasing appearance, with attention paid to matching grain patterns and colors for a cohesive look.



  • Versatility: Glue-up tables can be customized to fit any size requirement, making them a perfect fit for any space.


  • Seams: Although expertly crafted, the seams between slabs are more noticeable, depending on the wood and finish.
  • Thickness: Due to the joining of multiple boards and to ensure a flat and level surface, these glue up tables are less thick than a book match or single slab table.


Live Edge Book Match Tables

Imagine opening a book to find the mirror image of a beautiful wood grain pattern stretching across both pages. This is the essence of a live edge book match table. These tables are created from two slabs sawn from the same tree and opened like a book. The edges are then joined together, creating a symmetrical, captivating design that highlights the natural beauty of the wood. This method also allows you to create a wider surface and results in a slightly thicker top. 


  • Aesthetic Appeal: The symmetrical patterns create stunning visual interest, making these tables true works of art.
  • Uniqueness: Each book match table is inherently unique, as no two pieces of wood have the same grain pattern. However, because both slabs are sawn from the same tree and there is only one seam down the middle, it creates a more natural looking table top.


  • Cost: Finding two matching slabs from the same tree can be challenging, affecting availability and price.


Live Edge Single Slab Tables

The epitome of simplicity and natural beauty, live edge single slab tables are crafted from a single piece of wood, retaining the live edges on both sides. This approach showcases the wood in its most unadulterated form, highlighting every unique feature of the slab.


  • Simplicity: The single slab design offers a clean, uninterrupted surface that emphasizes the wood's natural beauty.
  • Strength: Without seams or joins, these tables are incredibly sturdy and durable. The tops are also much thicker.
  • Uniqueness: These slabs are more rare and harder to find, making it a truly unique statement piece.


  • Size Limitations: The size of the table is limited to the size of the available slab, which may not suit larger spaces.
  • Cost and Availability: Large, high-quality single slabs can be rare and expensive.


Live Edge Epoxy Tables

A live edge epoxy table is a stunning blend of raw, natural wood and the smooth, glass-like finish of epoxy resin. Imagine a table where the natural edges of wood, with all their unique curves and textures, frame a mesmerizing "river" of epoxy that flows through the middle. This river can be clear, tinted, or even embedded with stones, shells, or lights. Each table is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, showcasing the unique grain and character of the wood, complemented by the artistic flow of the epoxy. Not only do these tables serve as functional pieces of furniture, but they also stand as stunning works of art that enhance the aesthetic appeal of any room.


  • Durability and Strength: Epoxy resin is known for its toughness and resistance to wear and tear. When combined with solid wood, it creates a durable surface that's built to last.
  • Personalization: From the choice of wood to the color and design of the epoxy river, these tables offer endless customization options to match your personal style and decor.


  • Maintenance and Care: While epoxy is durable, it requires care to maintain its luster and clarity. Avoiding prolonged exposure to sunlight and using coasters can help protect its finish.
  • Cost: The intricate process of creating a live edge epoxy table, from preparing the wood to casting the epoxy, often means these pieces come with a higher price tag compared to more traditional tables.


At Fargo Woodworks, we believe in the power of nature to transform spaces and lives. Each type of live edge table offers its own unique set of benefits, allowing you to choose a piece that not only fits your space but also resonates with your personal story and style. Whether you're drawn to the versatility of glue-up tables, the symmetry of book match tables, or the simplicity and rarity of single slab tables, we're here to help you find the perfect piece.

Crafted with care, skill, and a deep respect for the natural world, our live edge tables are more than just furniture; they're a celebration of life's imperfections and a tribute to the beauty of nature. Let us help you bring a piece of this beauty into your home.

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