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Live Edge Slabs: Complete Buyer's Guide

We are The Lumber Shack, a family owned and operated online Live Edge slab supplier based in Iowa. We have been proudly satisfying customers across the nation with superior Live Edge wood products for more than 13 years.

Born of hard work and dedication to excellence, our experienced team of professionals pride ourselves on exceeding customer expectations every time. Whether you are an individual working on creating a family heirloom from a Live Edge slab and want it to come from the best possible locally sourced custom wood, or you are a commercial company needing a bulk order of the highest quality Live Edge slabs, our team has the kiln dried and heat sterilized inventory that you need. The selection of Live Edge slabs that we have to offer is professionally stored in our warehouse and second to none. We provide the best cuts made from Black Walnut, Spalted Maple, Hackberry, Ash, Oak, Hickory and so much more. The Lumber Shack is located in central Iowa and we make it a point to provide wood that is locally grown and selectively harvested. We also place a high priority on sustainable timber management practices by utilizing salvaged wood and logs from local urban renewal projects.

We have a time-tested quality assurance process that includes selling exclusively kiln dried, heat sterilized Live Edge slabs. Our slabs are closely scrutinized to be sure there are no discrepancies between what they look like and how we describe each piece on our virtual listing. We work to meticulously provide you with the digital documentation on the exact Live Edge slab you are preparing to purchase. This means that we take the time to photograph each board in detail, to make it as if you are holding that piece of wood in your hands. If there is a scratch or even a slight cut on the piece, that will be added to the description in our online inventory.

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Limitations of Buying Live Edge Slabs Online

We understand the inherent limitations of a virtual shopping experience for Live Edge slabs which is why we work hard to make our live inventory images as real to life as possible. You will notice that the piece we deliver to you in the mail will look exactly like the image you selected from our online inventory.

Each Live Edge slab that is available to view online is carefully prepared for storage and categorized in our pristine warehouse within numbered slots inside bins, much like a library. Whenever a board is purchased by a customer online it is removed from our online inventory within minutes so that you can be assured that any piece of wood slab that you order is in stock, ready to be shipped to your front door.

Live Edge slabs created by our experts at The Lumber Shack are masterfully cut. Each potential piece of wood comes with natural barriers to certain cuts that are embedded within the tree itself. This natural barrier could be a limb or a crack that requires strategic cuts. Our cutters know how to work with the tree in order to get the most character out of each type of wood. The end result is a uniquely beautiful Live Edge slab for your custom project.

We have the years of experience that is required not only to create the most attractive, raw Live Edge slabs but also to store and ship them to you in premium condition. If there is any problem that is noticed in the piece that you ordered online, we proactively connect with you immediately to consult with you about it before it’s shipped. The end result is that you will never have a piece of Live Edge slab delivered to you in any condition that is different from what you have viewed online. Additionally, you are not buying a random piece of slab from a stockpile of cut wood. You are purchasing an exact piece that is numbered and carefully cataloged for optimal storage and delivery purposes. This means that you can confidently shop from the comfort of your own home for any Live Edge slab that catches your eye. No more driving for miles to a specialty showroom, wasting time and burning money in gas. You can now sit right at home and get access to our available slabs.  There is no reason for you to do this anymore since we have taken the time to create an up to date, virtual showroom with millions of dollars’ worth of premium wood inventory behind it.

Live Edge Wood Experience

If you have limited experience working with Live Edge slabs, we also provide turn-key services for you with a simple click of the mouse. This means that you can not only order the exact Live Edge slab you want, but you can also hire us to finish the piece for you. Whether it’s a custom table, bar-top, mantle-piece, vanity or coffee table we can provide the expert finishing details you are searching for, all at an economical

Professional Finishing Options

We offer several professional finishing options including:

•Jointing and gluing the slabs together.
•Flattening the top side of the slab for you, after jointing and gluing the slabs together.
•Flattening the top and the bottom of the slab for you, after jointing and gluing the edge wood slabs together.
220 grit sanding work after the slab has been glued up and flattened. When this wood slab arrives to you it will be ready for you to apply whatever finishing product you choose.
•Another option includes all of the steps above and the professional application of a Satin Finishing Lacquer. This process also includes a smooth finish sanding on the top side of the wood slab with the bottom side of the slab lightly sanded.
•All applications of epoxy and wood fillers are individually priced according to the live edge wood slab you select.

Live Edge Wood Selection

Our team at The Lumber Shack selects the wood we use for Live Edge slabs with the environment in mind. We prioritize the use of urban renewals and other sustainable timber management practices. This allows us to take our environmental responsibilities seriously while offering you the most economical value on kiln-dried, heat sterilized boards that are designed to be stable and long-lasting.elect.

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Live Edge Slabs Packing

We know exactly how to conscientiously pack the exact Live Edge slab that you order so that you are guaranteed to receive it in the prime condition in which you selected it online. With our years of experience behind us and our dedication to customer satisfaction, we have worked hard to become ultra-efficient and effective with the packing process and shipping materials used.

Our commitment to efficiency encompasses our entire mission. We cross-train our employees in order to optimize the process for our customers. Our customers are consistently impressed with how well we deliver exactly what they are expecting, on time and in perfect shape. Accuracy is king when it comes to customer service and we make it a point to keep our quality assurance levels high so that you will always be pleased with the Live Edge slabs that you receive.

You Have a Choice!

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to who you go to for your Live Edge slab needs which is why we strive to rise above the competition in all that we do. We have many wood specialty services that we offer including joining two Live Edge slabs together that are up to 170 inches long for our commercial customers. We take care of these joints with the highest level of professionalism ensuring that not even a paper could fit into the joint. That’s right, we complete that job with essentially zero gap. That’s just one more reason to choose The Lumber Shack for all of your commercial Live Edge slab needs.

Here are some of the top products customers are ordering Live Edge Slabs for:

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Dining Tables

If you are searching for that custom look for an original dining room table, the best place to start is with one of our Live Edge slabs. Whether you select Black Walnut, Spalted Maple or Oak, it is easy to create a dining room table that will be suitable for any size gathering. Whether you have a family of 3 or 23, we have the right size Live Edge slab for you.

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Coffee Tables

A well designed and well-placed Live Edge slab coffee table will transform any room from ordinary to extraordinary. It's more than just a place to kick up your feet or place your favorite beverage. A hand-crafted Live Edge coffee table is a conversation piece that has the potential to be a family heirloom piece to be enjoyed for generations to come.  

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Wall Art

When you walk into a room that has a unique piece of artwork it makes a lasting impression. Our Live Edge slabs have inspired an incredible amount of creativity when it comes to original wall art designs! If you are looking for the perfect artistic statement to round out the wall space you have in your office or front entryway, lend a creative eye to our Live Edge wood and see what you can imagine.

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Cutting Boards

Have a friend who recently purchased a home and you are in search of the perfect house warming gift? Our Live Edge slab thick cut Black Walnut or Maple rounds can create the ultimate cutting board that would be a great addition to any kitchen. Or maybe you are ready to create one for yourself? Live Edge slabs are available in unique shapes and sizes that will be the perfect foundation for a cutting board that will last a lifetime.  

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Are you getting ready to remodel your bathroom and you are in search of a vanity that is unlike any other? Consider a beautiful Live Edge slab as the stunning centerpiece for the heart of your bathroom. You can create a vanity from any kind of wood, and it will be long lasting, water resistant, and provide a certain kind of character to the room. When you are tired of seeing showrooms with the same kind of vanities over and over again, come to The Lumber Shack and select a Live Edge slab to create something completely original.  

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When you want to sit and enjoy the garden or relax out on the front porch to take in the scenery, a custom-made bench is exactly what you need. Our Live Edge slabs are perfect for creating an inviting sitting space right out in nature or anywhere inside your home. Scrap the idea of buying a poorly manufactured bench that is sure to fall apart and be more of an eye-sore than an addition to your landscape and create something that will last. Our Live Edge wood is created for stability, durability and beauty. Use it to create a bench with a rustic look that you can be proud of.  

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Bar Tops  

Have a man cave with a private bar that you want to finish off with the natural look of a Live Edge slab? Or are you looking to put in a kitchen bar for more seating to feed a small army? Either way, The Lumber Shack has the top-notch pieces you need to get the job done right. Our Live Edge slabs are sure to make quite an impression while you are entertaining guests and serving your family. There is nothing quite like the natural character you will find in our strategically cut Live Edge slabs.  

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Island Countertops

If you have a little nook in your home and you want to make the space more functional, consider creating a personalized countertop from one of our Live Edge slabs. Not only will you create a beautiful piece of hand-crafted woodwork for your countertop, but you will also enjoy an increase in usable space in your home.  Check out our inventory today for the best Live Edge slab selection in the market.  

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Sofa Tables  

Interior designers are often on the lookout for accent pieces that will bring the look and feel of a room together. Why not create your own accent piece with a sofa table created from one of our premium Live Edge slabs? There are unlimited possibilities when it comes to the creativity of the design for any sofa table you wish to create. Consult with our team of experts and we can help you decide which type of wood would work best for the look and feel of the room you are completing.  

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If you are tired of needing to constantly replace cheaply made dressers because your kids break the drawers, now is the time to remedy the problem. Our Live Edge slabs are perfectly suited to create durable, long lasting furniture such as dressers which are heavily used on a daily basis. Take a look at the wide variety of the wood selection we have to choose from to build a dresser that will likely last a lifetime.  

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Headboards & Footboards

You finally invested in a new mattress and now you need just the right headboard and footboard to frame it with style. The Lumber Shack offers the best selection of Live Edge slabs when it comes to matching your bedroom décor. Why not create something that is unique and that will last for generations to come? 

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End Tables

Although they may be small and somewhat practical pieces, well-made end tables will offer just the right finishing touch to any room. We have the right size of Live Edge slabs for you to get the exact thickness and character for the end table you wish to create. Whether it’s for holding up a lamp or creating space for you to keep your remote control, favorite beverage or latest novel, an end table should be built for both form and function.  

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Taxidermy Mounts

Are you proud of that huge Elk you were able to snag during the last Elk hunting season? Or maybe you were able to capture a large, colorful fish that you want to add to your trophy wall? Creating a complementary wood mounting piece for your taxidermy projects will allow you to showcase them with pride. Our Live Edge slabs make the perfect backdrop for any of your taxidermy mounts.  

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River Tables

Create an awe-inspiring masterpiece by turning our premium Live Edge slabs into a river table. River tables draw all kinds of attention from anyone who walks into the room. The beautifully inspired integration of wood and glass along with color or rocks helps you feel close to nature. Check out the varying types of designs you can get by starting with a Live Edge slab made from Black Walnut, Maple or any other wood that we have in our inventory.  

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What better way to motivate yourself than a work space that has a desk you actually want to sit at! A live edge desk top is the perfect way to add some excitement and interest into your office. Our live edge slabs come in many different wood types and sizes to ensure we have something that perfectly suits your space and style!  

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