THE FINISH MATTERS
There are several finishes you can apply to a live edge table to enhance its appearance and protect the wood. Here are some popular options:
- Clear Varnish: Clear varnish is a common choice for live edge tables as it provides a transparent protective coating while allowing the natural beauty of the wood to shine through. It adds a glossy finish and helps prevent moisture damage.
- Oil Finish: Applying natural oils, such as tung oil or linseed oil, can bring out the richness and depth of the wood grain. Oil finishes provide a more natural, low sheen look and offer some protection against water and spills. They may require occasional reapplication to maintain their appearance.
- Polyurethane: Polyurethane is a durable and hard-wearing finish that provides a high level of protection to the table. It comes in various sheens, including glossy, satin, and matte. Polyurethane forms a plastic-like coating on the wood surface and can withstand frequent use and exposure to moisture.
- Epoxy Resin: Epoxy resin is a popular choice for creating a stunning, glass-like finish on live edge tables. It can be poured over the surface, filling in voids, cracks, or imperfections in the wood. Resin finishes can range from crystal clear to tinted or even incorporate objects like stones or shells for a unique look.
- Lacquer: Lacquer finishes provide a smooth, high-gloss appearance and offer excellent durability. They dry quickly and can be applied in multiple coats to build up the desired level of sheen. Lacquer provides good protection against moisture and wear.
- Wax: Applying a wax finish can enhance the natural beauty of the wood while offering a soft sheen. Wax provides some protection against moisture and spills but may require regular reapplication to maintain its effectiveness. It can be buffed to a smooth, satin finish.