Live Edge Wood Slabs
Albizia Saman (called Monkeypod or Rain Tree) is used for our barn door/table top wood slabs and is harvested from Southeast Asia, where it has been widely introduced as a non-native shade tree. This specie is a species of flowering tree in the pea family, and is native to Southern Mexico and Guatemala south to Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. It is also commonly called South American Walnut...but the wood is not from South America.
The Albizia Saman species has a conservation status of G5 – Globally, the Albizia Saman is widespread, abundant and is in no danger of extinction. Harvested correctly the trunk is left in place and larger limbs are cut for use initially. Eventually the trunk is cut as the tree ages.
Due to its crisscrossed interlocking grains, Monkeypod wood is resistant to cracking from wood movement and is highly sought-after for its robustness. Moderately heavy but extremely strong, this wood is highly resistant to decay. It has a light amber or tan colored sap wood, and a chocolate-brown heartwood. Each wood slab is different, with a wide variety of wood grains and patterns, which is why we offer our wood slabs individually...you order the specific and unique wood slab that you choose on our web site.
When considering its hardiness and striking wood grains, Monkeypod wood makes a fitting choice for sizeable doors or table tops.
Wood Slab Processing
When first cut, this freshly cut timber contains around 70%-80% moisture. Our lumber mill then air dries the wood slabs to reduce the moisture to 25% to 30%. Next it is Kiln Dried to reduce the moisture to about 12% for use as our barn doors and table tops. After planning, sanding, and shipping, the moisture increases slightly. All properly dried wood slabs can still develop surface checks and small cracks.
Some of our wood slabs are 1 piece of wood...while others are 2 or more pieces that are joined together. The 1-piece wood slabs are the most expensive. Widths of the wood slabs range from approx. 34 inches wide to over 42 inches wide. Heights (or lengths) of the slabs are 7 feet or 8 feet. Thickness is approximately 50mm or approx., 2 inches thick.
Many of our wood slabs include a steel rod inserted into the wood slabs at about 6 inches from each end of the slab. These rods are plugged with a wood plug on each edge, and they help ensure that the wood slab resists splits, and stays flat.
Finished or Unfinished Wood Slabs
The wood slabs are available unfinished and sanded OR with a clear Urethane factory finish. The 2 ends of the factory finished wood slabs are NOT finished (coated) with a urethane so that the wood slab can breathe.