Building tables from slabs are beginning to become a big part of the Urban Industrial Design business! The contours of the natural wood edges from slabs give tables, and other projects a different kind of quality, almost like art. There are no two slabs exactly alike, making each table and project unique. The natural shapes create endless possibilities for us woodworkers to design! We get a lot of questions about how the process works so let’s begin!
Through networking with previous clients and tree service companies in the great Capital Region, we are able to find trees that are being removed due to safety or land clearing reasons. Instead of them being used for firewood or put into a shipping container and exported, we get to use them to create and design custom furniture for your home or office! It’s fascinating that these beautiful trees have lived for many years and have the opportunity to start an entirely new life!
We work with a handful of professional tree service companies to physically drop the trees. We then either mill the tree into 2×8 boards or slab the tree depending on what the tree looks best for. Once the milling has been completed we stack the boards and let them air dry for 8-10 months, it’s a long process! The last step to properly drying the slabs is to put them in a dry kiln for 10-14 days to zap the last little bit of moisture in them. After this has been completed the slabs are finally ready to start building with. All together it’s about a full year before a salvaged tree can be turned into furniture!
At Urban Industrial Design, we sell our slabs in raw form or we can flatten and/or finish them. We have many customers that will pick out their own slab and then have a custom table created. We work with each client one on one to make sure they are apart of the entire process of creating their custom furniture piece!
Then, it’s time for the craftsmanship to begin! We take pride to invoke the beauty of nature and love seeing the finished result from our slabs! Check out some of our latest completed tables made from our local slabs!