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#1 posted 07-12-2017 12:30 AM

$20bf is actually not to bad when dealing with thick live edge slabs.
You can use just about any kind of wood you want.
I just finished a sofa table, and am still working on the two matching end tables.
I used Alligator Juniper for the table top, and walnut for the legs.
the Juniper was a soft wood that was quite easy to work.
I had never even heard of the wood I used. Took a class here in Las Vegas at a local wood school.
Guest instructor owns a business here called Reclaimed Secrets. He had a good selection of different wood species to choose from and my wife and I choose this. Not the best photo
Loren is right, check out places like woodfinder.
I just Googled Northern California live edge slabs and got all kinds of hits.
This one is in Sacramento area.
Here is the store in Vegas, Not at all in your area, but hey road trip. lol
Look for kiln dried wood, and a band saw style milled slab. The air dried and chain saw mill stuff I have seen where way inferior. seems it all had a twist and or was not a uniform thickness. What I saw and learned in the class was that band saw mill and kiln dried was by far better. Flatter more stable slab all around.
Don’t buy from a photo. Put your hands on it, see if it has a twist and uniform thickness.
Good luck..

-- John

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