How do you determine pricing?
Lumber prices are determined based on the volume of the lumber. The most common unit of volume used for lumber in the U.S. is the "board foot", which is 144 cubic inches, or 1 square foot for a one inch thick board. Our price per board foot ("ppbf") is determined based on labor and equipment costs for milling, hauling, storage, and kiln drying costs.
How should I finish my wood slabs?
We recommend taking certain steps should be taken to ensure your wood slabs live a long and healthy life. This blog post has some good suggestions for finishing live edge slabs.
- Fill cracks and voids with epoxy
- Sand to roughly 120 grit
- Apply finish
- Prevent slabs from cupping with steel c-channel; it is important to allow for expansion and contraction of the wood due to environmental changes
Why do cracks develop in lumber?
Cracks or "checking' develops in lumber during the drying process as water evaporates from some parts of the board faster than other parts. We take certain steps to reduce checking like applying high-quality end grain sealer, but some checking is inevitable. One common solution employed by furniture makers is to fill voids, cracks defects with epoxy.
How dry should wood slabs be before using them?
Generally speaking, lumber moisture content ("MC") should be within 2% of the equilibrium MC ("EMC"), which is the moisture content that will be reached after an indefinite period of time. Because EMC is determined by atmospheric humidity, it is specific to the geographic region and time of year. In San Francisco EMC ranges from 14-17% depending on the time of year, suggesting a MC of roughly 12-19% is desirable. Dr. Eugene Wengert explains the basics of wood moisture management in this article.
Acceptable MC also depends on the final use for the lumber. Common guidelines suggest that lumber and outdoor furniture is more tolerant of higher MC. Similarly, species of lumber is also an important factor. Local furniture makers in the Bay Area often make outdoor furniture from green (high MC) redwood lumber, for example.
Do you offer shipping?
We sell some of our slabs on consignment at premium retailers — shipping can be arranged directly with the retailer. These slabs can be found on slabrador.com, the world's largest online collection of live edge wood slabs (developed by Lively Lumber).
Please contact us to inquire about shipping wholesale orders.