Restaurant Development & Design

July-August 2017

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3 2 • S P O N S O R E D C O N T E N T • J U L Y / A U G U S T 2 0 1 7 RENOVATION AND REMODELS EQUAL BIG RETURNS The term live-edge is used quite a bit today. What exactly is live-edge? Frank Sullivan: Live-edge refers to wood slabs that are, in essence, vertical slices of a tree. These slices highlight heart, dark center, sap, or light wood closest to the outside of the tree, and vary from 1-1/2 to 4" thick. True live-edge slabs produce graining and character that is beautiful and memorable for a variety of applications including tables, bar tops, counters, doors and room dividers. If a client is interested in a live-edge for a table or other application, are they limited by size? FS: Size is not a limiting factor at all. Our largest project is a 24' x 6' Ameri- can walnut table. It is composed of 16 individual slabs, painstakingly assem- bled to become one table. Fabricating this table is a complex process involving design, wood selection, assembly and finishing. This table reads as a single piece of wood, and its assembly did not detract from its aesthetic and beauty. How do you accomplish this? FS: The focus is on creating the table and accompanying custom steel base to support both aesthetic and performance goals. When selecting the individual wood slabs, we source these from the same flitch (tree) to ensure uniform color and grain, using kiln dried slabs to ensure stability. Each slab is milled to ensure they are completely flat. Joining slabs is critical; our process is extremely precise and utilizes unique tools ensuring perfect alignment and joint strength. We do not use "butterflies" like most manufacturers, which distracts from the final beauty of the table. Finishing is the final key element. Our catalyzed polyurethane is extremely heat and scratch resistant and allows the beauty of the wood itself to be prominent. What should clients look for when getting a live-edge slab? FS: Multiple attributes should be examined. The experience of the manu- facturer creating these works of art that have performed well in demanding commercial environments is important. Since 2009, Reclaimed Table has in- stalled live-edge products in over 75 dif- ferent restaurants, hotels and corporate facilities, all performing flawlessly. The raw material is key. We only use kiln dried slabs that are hand-selected for color, grain and character. Each slab is processed to ensure they are completely flat — no bows, twists or warping — with a minimum 2-1/4" thickness, compared to 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" for many fabricators. This thickness impacts the table's appear- ance, especially for large tables. The joining and fabrication process drives the look and performance of the final product. It is important to under- stand how this is accomplished. Finally, our finishes are specifically designed so our tables stay beautiful after periods of heavy use. We also fin- ish all sides, not just the top, reducing uneven moisture absorption, which leads to future product failure. This enables us to offer the best warranty in the industry for our products. See more of our projects at The Live-Edge Trend Since 2009, Reclaimed Table has installed over 75 live-edge products including this 24' x 6' American walnut table. Frank Sullivan, President of Reclaimed Table

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