When we work with live-edge slabs, they often have sizable cracks — known as “checks” — at the ends. These checks aren’t any sign of quality issues, and they don’t create any problems in the finished project. We use inlays called “bowties” to keep the cracks from widening over time as the wood expands and contracts with environmental changes.
In order to create a completely flat surface we’ll fill the checks and other voids in the table top with an ultra-durable two-part marine epoxy. We’ve used this epoxy in a range of colors, but most of time we use black. For whatever reason, black seems to “disappear” most to the eye, to draw the least attention to itself even on pale-colored woods.
Our clients on this project had a different idea. Their slab had a sizable void where the tree had branched apart, and the wood in that crotch was dotted with attractive grain pattern and really cool texture. They wanted to be able to preserve the view of the wood, but not clear through to the floor.
It was a great plan and it turned out really nicely. We poured the epoxy so that the depth of view extends to, but not past, the underside of the table. When you sit or stand at the end of the table, you’re able to appreciate the beauty of the natural material, but it clouds out just enough to obscure the view of your own feet underneath.
That’s the advantage of working with Cannon Hill: because we do everything completely custom, there are very few ideas that we can’t or won’t chase down. Because we have experience and expertise, there are very few ideas that we can’t or won’t execute. And because we are rigorous about quality control, there are no ideas that we’ll allow to compromise the integrity of our work.
Whether your ideas are traditional or adventurous, we’re here to work through the design and build with you. Fill out the “Contact” form below, email email@example.com, or call our workshop at 857-576-2089 to get the conversation started.