A wooden slab is a saw cut from a solid wood. Unique, natural material. Each slab is always unique! The wood texture is visible and becomes the most important decoration of the product. Our tips site will show you how beautiful wood slabs can look in the interior.
From English, the word slab is simply translated as a flat workpiece, block, panel, plate, plate. So slabs are different, not only wooden ones. The portal devoted a separate article to stone slabs in the interior, now it’s time to talk about wood and the wide possibilities of its use.
When it comes to slabs, they often mean the cross-cut of the trunk. Such plates are longer, the sizes depend on the tree itself, its age. But longitudinal cuts of a tree, with a completely different structure, noticeable rings and a characteristic rounded shape, also have the right to be called slabs. They are made from various types of wood: chestnut, oak, ash, mountain poplar, larch, walnut, sycamore, elm and so on..
The price of wooden slabs will vary greatly. It all depends on the species and value of the tree itself, as well as the mining process. It is difficult to make a cross-cut of wood, usually it is done directly in the forest using a special technique. Of course, if you have access to dead wood, you can try making your own slab at a mini sawmill. The cost of the product is also influenced by whether a single piece of wood is used or spliced from several cuts, humidity, size, and other characteristics.
Most often, wooden slabs are used to create unique designer countertops. However, the area of their application is very large. For example, a headboard, a console, a bench, a decorative element for decorating a wall or ceiling, a window sill, a bar counter, a chair, a stool, even an interior door.
The thickness of the wood board can vary on average from 50 to 150 millimeters. In classic slabs, the edge is not processed or, on the contrary, emphasizes the natural relief. In general, wood cuts with some natural features are more appreciated. For example, with noticeable knots, made in the place of tree branching, with a bend, irregular shape. Of course, strict geometry and processed, smooth, even edges are also found, but experts call them variations on the classic slab theme..
Slabs with decorative inserts, for example, metal brackets, “patches”, look interesting. Or combined with tempered glass to enhance the natural beauty of the wood.
Some people think that this kind of furniture and wooden slab decor is only suitable for a rustic interior or loft style. This is not at all true! Rustic style, Japanese wabi-sabi, Scandinavian minimalism, country – they are all close to nature and very often include such interesting elements as natural wood cut.