Canadian Woodworking

Woodworker's Guide to Live Edge Slabs


Everything you need to know about creating live edge boards, tabletops and benches.

Author: Carl Duguay

Live edge everything has been the rage for some time now – cutting boards, charcuterie boards, table tops, headboards, doors, benches, bookshelves – just about anything that’s a flat wood panel.  If you’ve been thinking of making your own live edge project you’ll benefit from reading George’s book before starting. He covers everything you need to consider – milling your own slabs, prepping slabs, using epoxy, cutting in bowties and applying a finish.

PUBLISHERFox Chapel Publishing
AUTHOR: George Vondriska
PRICE: $24.90
ISBN: 9781497101432
YEAR: 2021
FORMAT: softcover, 144 pages

George knows what he’s writing about. He’s a talented woodworker, teacher and writer. The book contains a slew of photos of George’s own work alongside projects from other woodworkers. Plus, you get detailed instructions for eight live edge projects to get you started – charcuterie board, magnetic knife block, deer track bench, walnut cookie coffee table, desk, steel pipe shelf, floating shelves and dining table. The subtitle to the book says it all: “Transforming trees into tables, benches, cutting boards and more.”

Don’t fret if you’re new to the craft of woodworking and think that undertaking a live edge project is out of your league. There are lots of very good photos to supplement the clearly written text. Bring the book into the shop and it’ll be like having George standing by your side, guiding you through the process.

If you’re an avid hobbyist woodworker and haven’t used epoxy this book will be handy to have on hand. Epoxy is a different kettle of fish than standard woodworking glue and knowing how to use it properly is the difference between a stellar looking live edge slab and a hunk of glued up wood.

Last modified: September 29, 2023

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