Live Edge Butterfly Joinery

Live Edge Butterfly Joinery Options

Common in the work influential live edge wood woodworker, George Nakashima, butterfly joinery is used for both structural and decorative purposes.

Structurally, the butterfly joints can be used to hold two or more wood boards together or to stabilize a knot hole. Most commonly, they are used as a decorative element; you can choose a contrasting wood butterflies, or use zinc or copper butterflies for a more dramatic design.

Butterfly Joints

butterfly joinery in a spalted beech live edge top

This photo shows how we place the butterfly joints on the top before inserting them into the wood. We take great care to ensure proper placement of the inlays before making any cuts to the wood.

light wood butterfly joinery in black walnut live edge top

The light wood butterfly inlays provide a nice contrast to the black walnut live edge top and draw attention to the grain pattern in the top.

maple butterfly joinery in white oak like edge

The light wood butterfly joints are inserted along the clear resin filler and add a decorative element and structural support to this white oak table top.

contrasting, dark butterfly joinery on a butternut live edge top

The small end checks are held using contrasting dark butterfly joints in this butternut live edge wood top.

english elm live edge wood top with wenge butterfly joinery

An English Elm live edge wood top that has some dark figuring and wenge wood butterfly joinery along the cracks.

Getting a Quote

For more information or inspiration for designing live edge wood tops, view our table top gallery. If you would like pricing on any options you see here, send your photos or project drawings to


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