Why You Should Know About the Live Edge and Resin Woodworking Trend

Furniture woodworking


For most customers, style is the biggest factor when choosing furniture, especially with custom pieces. New home decor and furniture design trends come and go every year, but most of them will find an enduring place in people’s homes. One of the most exciting developments in design – one that has lasted much longer than a year! – is combining epoxy resin with live edge woodworking. 

You should know more about live edge and resin woodworking and how we can use it to make the perfect table for your home!


What Is The Live Edge and Resin Woodworking Trend?


woodworkingThe trend we’re discussing today is a combination of natural and synthetic materials. Epoxy resin is an adhesive substance used to coat or bind objects together. Live edge furniture making works with the organic edge and character of genuine wood, making tables and surfaces that look like they came straight from a tree. Chemically, biologically, and perhaps even aesthetically, the two materials seem as far apart as possible!

It also seems like using resin is as different from woodworking as we could possibly get. However, it takes a lot of furniture-making know-how to mix the two effectively. The resin has to be mixed and set to guarantee the surface will be as smooth as the wood while not looking and feeling like cheap plastic – not too different from prepping a slab of wood. When we pour a river table, the resin has to flow between two pieces of live edge wood and fill every nook and cranny of the “bank” with the colour of the customer’s choice. 

Despite the many differences, woodworking that combines live edges and resin succeeds – but why?


Why Do Live Edges And Resin Work So Well Together?


The main reason for the popularity of this trend is how well a coloured resin matches your choice of wood. Furniture made with resin and live edges has earned its place in the enduring trend of modern rustic chic because it combines the look of a farmhouse with industrial home design. 

Woodworkers began using colourful resin to balance the wood and create a unique aesthetic. It added some excellent colour and created a durable piece, but some enterprising Instagrammers saw how the work was aesthetically pleasing, too, and suddenly, everyone wanted in on the final product. Now, filling the gaps in live edge furniture with a careful pour of resin is one of the common ways to add some colour to the style of the piece and create something unique. 

It’s not just aesthetics, though! Resin can help the Rustix team use live edges that are beautiful but not big enough for an entire table. It can even make the table much more durable and reinforced against damage or uneven surfaces. 


Modern Wooden Furniture Is So Much More Than Just Wood!


Traditional woodworking styles will always be popular among Rustix customers, but the modern trend of using resin with live edge wood is here to stay. It makes sense! The use of epoxy resin is like any other advancements in the thousands of years of making furniture; much like sealants, the dovetail joint, and wood planes, resin expands the toolkit of furniture builders and lets us make tables that appeal to more tastes!

Mixing mediums like local London wood and epoxy resin promotes more artistic woodworking. River tables, waterfall tables, and even ordinary four-legged live-edge tables work well with expertly-poured resin. New elements let us broaden our range and give customers more home decor options. 

Whatever the project, live edge and resin woodworking is developing among craftspeople, and resin is quickly becoming a fixture in modern furniture studios!