How thick should I mill my slabs?

When it comes to purchasing live edge wood slabs or getting your logs milled, deciding on the thickness of the slab is an important decision. As wood dries, it moves, which is why it is important to mill larger live edge wood slabs thicker than smaller ones.

Here are some factors that customers should consider when deciding on the thickness of their live edge wood slabs:

  1. Intended Use: The intended use of the wood slab will be a significant factor in determining its thickness. For example, a slab intended for use as a tabletop or countertop will need to be thicker than a slab intended for use as a shelf or decorative piece.

  2. Species of Wood: Different wood species have different densities and movement characteristics, which can affect how much they will move as they dry. Some species of wood may need to be milled thicker than others to account for this movement.

  3. Moisture Content: Knowing the moisture content of the wood is important in determining how much it will move as it dries. A thicker slab may be necessary if the wood has a higher moisture content and is expected to dry significantly.

  4. Location and Climate: The location and climate of the final destination of the wood slab can also affect how much it will move as it dries. For example, wood in a humid environment will dry slower and may move less than wood in a dry environment as a result.

  5. Design Aesthetics: The desired look and feel of the final product may also play a role in determining the thickness of the wood slab. Some customers may prefer a thicker slab for a more substantial look, while others may prefer a thinner slab for a more delicate appearance.

At Lively Lumber LLC, we can help customers determine the appropriate thickness for their live edge wood slab based on these factors. It is important to note that even with careful consideration of these factors, wood movement can never be completely eliminated. However, selecting an appropriate thickness can help to minimize the effects of wood movement and ensure that the final product is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.