A bookmatched table top is made from 2 consecutive cuts from the same tree to achieve a wider surface than trees typically grow.
They are joined together using strong mortise and tenons joints and clamped tight to have a very minimal seam. This typically creates a more uniform shape and is more cost effective than using a single wide slab from an old growth tree.
There are multiple orientations we can use from any given set, including the typical mirror look where both sides match or a yin yang position where the slabs are opposite each other. We can also run the live edge like a river down the center of the table and fill it with glass, resin, steel. or leave it open.
BOOKMATCHED TABLE TOPS
YIN YANG ORIENTATION