The client commissioned this beautiful Oak slab dining table. The brief was for an organic live edge or waney edge top with an industrial metal base. We decided on Oak for the top and I managed to source the beautiful piece shown in the photos. The finish was to be a natural look but very robust and low maintenance. This was achieved with a matt hard wax oil product. The XX metal frame base was fabricated by my engineer colleagues. Sandblasted then finished with a clear matt lacquer
A live edge Oak slab dining table was the request.
The client was specific in that the table should retain the natural raw beauty of the species Quercus Robur. With lots of character, knots and splits.
A lot of discussions went into the final design, look and feel of the base. Originally a simple style four leg wooden base was preferred.
However, after a few mockups and trials, none of the timber base ideas really stood out enough to highlight the nature of the character top and make a solid statement.
I’m fortunate to have some engineers, steel fabricators on site. So we sat down and some ideas together which I could present to the client. These included – square frame metal base, ‘A’ frame style, ‘T’ frame style and cruciform or ‘X’ frame design. These could either be painted to a colour of choice or left sanded down and lacquered to give an industrial feel. As you can see from the above photos, the client went straight for the industrial option.
I think the combination of the organic, natural look of the live edge Oak top with the X frame steel base gives the whole commission a wonderful standout conversation piece for the clients home.
“I had to send you a note to say that the table is here and it is truly stunning! Everything we wanted & more so thank you for producing such a beautiful table that will literally last us a lifetime! I’m very excited about Kevin seeing it later on as I know he’ll love it! The legs are also perfect.”