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Waney Edge Tables

Waney Edge Tables or Live Edge Tables are where a table edges are left in their natural form and shape; rather than cutting the edge straight.

It can be very difficult source the right wood that can been used for such a table top.

Here are a few examples of Waney Edge Tables we have been commissioned to make by our clients

Example of a Waney Edge Table

The image below shows a table with the natural edge of the tree trunk left in place. The knot is where a tree branch used to be. This is known as a Waney Edge or Live Edge

Waney Edge Table made from one single plank of Pippy Oak

When we found this slab in one of our suppliers yards, we just had to buy it as it was perfect for making a Waney Edge Table. The table top has no joins, the whole table top is made from a single piece of wood.

Here is the Pippy Oak plank when we started work on it. The Waney Edge Oak table dimensions are 2.95m long x 850mm to 900mm width x 50mm thick.

We recently sold the table to a client who chose to mount the table top on a metal base. This table is truly unique.

Waney Edge Table made from one single plank of Elm

This Waney Edge Elm table was commissioned several years ago. It is made from a magnificent slab of flamed English Elm.

The natural grain of Elm gives a stunning depth of colour; hence the name “Flamed English Elm”. You can also see where a large branch used to be.

Waney Edge Dining Table made from 3 boards of Oak

This Waney Edge Table is made from 3 boards from the same Oak Tree. We kept the waney edges from each side of the slab. By splitting the slab into 3 pieces, we were able to make a table to the exact width the client required.

You can also see that this table has a fairly straight waney edge. It really depends what the clients requirements are. We can source wood from various suppliers and can choose a slab that is suited to individual requirements.

Bespoke Dining Table With Pedestal Base


Bespoke Dining Table

This recent commission was for a bespoke dining table with a pedestal style refectory base in solid Oak.

The Commission

The brief was that the Oak should be as rustic as possible whilst still maintaining functionality, but most importantly to give the appearance of still being in a ‘raw’ state eg not having the look of a finish being applied. I sourced some beautiful Oak with plenty of splits, knots, and loads of character. For the finish, I experimented with various products and a multitude of samples being posted to the client until eventually, we hit on the perfect one!


Here’s the comment from the client

Hi James,

The table is in situ!

Thank you so much! It looks absolutely stunning. We love it.

Will send a picture when I’ve tidied. Just need to get the dining chairs now.

Best wishes,
Andrea & Johnny

For those interested, here’s the link to our fledgeling sister site that highlight’s our live edge dining tables.



Handmade Dining Table

Bespoke Refectory Table

Bespoke Dining Table

Handmade Refectory Dining Table

Solid Oak Dining Table

Bespoke Handmade Oak Dining Table

Beautiful Bespoke Dining Table

Bespoke Bulbous Leg Oak Dining Table

Handmade Refectory Table In A French Style

This project was for a traditionally handmade refectory table in a French style.

The client wanted a traditionally made dining table but in a lighter French farmhouse style.

The Commission for a Handmade Refectory Table

They had been looking for such a table for approximately 18 month’s, but couldn’t find anything that fitted their idea or dimensions. So after searching the web they found my site and made contact. I sent them some sketches of ideas and they were really taken with one of them which materialised into the table in the photos below. The tapered legs and lighter center stretchers that connect the legs, give the handmade table a gentler elegant look.

Handmade Refectory Table

Coupled with the beautiful character in the solid Oak top I think it makes for a lovely piece and was a pleasure to create. I hope you like it as much as they do.

Please feel free to view our new work in progress sister site by clicking this link


Handmade Oak Table

Refectory Table

Handmade Oak Table

French Style Dining Table

Refectory Table

Handmade Refectory Table

Bespoke Table

Bespoke Dining Table In Character Oak

Handmade Oak Table

Large Bespoke Dining Table

Handmade Refectory Table

Bespoke Refectory Table

Handmade Table

Bespoke Dining Table

Handmade Table

French Style Dining Table

Bespoke Live Edge Walnut Dining Table

The Live Edge Commission.

This latest client project is a commission for a live edge dining table in Walnut. Additionally the client required that the base should be fabricated from mild steel metal box frame with a 6th degree angle in towards the bottom of the frame and then given an anthracite painted finish that would complement the existing furniture.

The Timber

Construction for the solid timber table top is from two boards of lovely English Walnut. One edge of each Walnut board was sawn and square edged. Furthermore, the two outside boards were left with the live edge on (commonly known in the timber trade as waney edge). The soft outside bark was then removed untill the solid sap line was exposed.

These outside board edges were then sanded to give a smooth surface. The two boards were then glued together and book-mark jointed to give the appearance of being one solid table top piece.

The Finish

Client’s hopes were for the most natural finish possible, allowing the beauty and character of the Walnut grain to shine through without being too ‘glossy’. This coupled with being of a robust nature was achieved by firstly hand sanding the table top with increasing grades of sand paper, finishing at 340 grade. The table top was then sealed with two coats of a ‘hard wax oil’, buffed to give a slight sheen.


The client’s main requirement is for the bespoke Walnut dining table to fit and enhance their living space. The dining table is required to seat 6 people comfortably and 8 friendly. 1.8m x 900mm – 1m x 38mm thick are the table dimension. The client is very happy with their commission and it fits the space perfectly. Now we just have to start working on the chairs! Also check out our fledgeling sister site here

Live edge table

Bespoke live edge dining table

Live Edge Dining

Waney Edge Table

Live Edge Table

Live Edge Walnut Dining Table

Live Edge Table

Live Edge Walnut Table

Bespoke Pippy Oak Extending Dining Table

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The Project

My latest project was for an Oak extending dining table, commissioned by a family who is currently renovating an 18th Century cottage which is having a contemporary style kitchen fitted. They required something in keeping with the age and character of the cottage but also in fitting with the new inside style and decor.


After consultation, we jointly agreed upon a traditional refectory style table in solid pippy English Oak with plenty of character but maintaining a  clean line look rather than the more traditional rustic approach.

So the agreed commission was for a Pippy Oak Extending Dining Table. The main table seats 8 formally, adding the extension leafs brings the number of seat placings to 12.

The table is as unique as the timber used and has its own natural identity which is formed from the beautiful pip and grain character of the Oak. Main table dimensions are 2.4m x 900mm. When extended the overall length is 3.3m.

The extending dining table arms are integral to the table base, so maybe pushed into the base when not in use. The extension leaves can also be stored separately when they are not in use.

One particular challenge was to maintain the light pale colour of the Oak chosen for the project which was required by the client. To achieve this, a clear hard wax oil was used as the finishing product, completed by a natural hard beeswax.


You can see the table in it’s the new setting in the pictures below which clearly show the natural beauty of the wood and the clean finish that the clients desired.  The clients were incredibly happy with their table and this was their response – “Hi James – Just wanted to say WE LOVE OUR TABLE, thank you sooooooo much”.

Pippy Oak Table

Large Oak Dining Table

Extending Oak Table

Pippy Oak Table

Large Oak Table

Main Table

Bespoke Pippy Oak Extending Dining Table

Table Extension Arms

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Bespoke Oak Table

Large Oak Table

Extending Oak Dining Table

Pippy Oak Table

Extended Dining Table

Bespoke Handmade Live Edge Oak Dining Table

Live Edge Oak Table with Metal Base

Bespoke Handmade Live Edge Oak Dining Table

Large Live Edge Dining Table

Butterfly Jointed Oak Top

Pippy Oak Live Edge Table

Handmade Live Edge Dining Table Metal Base

Natural Edge Oak Dining Table

3 Board Pippy Oak Dining Table







Here is a recent commission for a bespoke handmade live edge Oak dining table. The table was designed with a contemporary slate grey metal base to compliment the organic 3 board ‘pippy Oak’ top. A further decorative detail is the ‘butterfly jointing’ in the top surface to stabilise a split in the central Oak board.

The pippy Oak top exhibits plenty of ‘character’ with a wonderful grain pattern running through. The 2 outer boards were from the same plank, cut in half length-ways and then a central board spliced in to bring the whole dining table top out to the desired width. The table dimensions are 2.5m length x 950mm width x 770mm height with a 40mm thick pippy Oak top.

Bespoke Handmade Table in Pippy Oak

In this recent blog, I’m going to take you through some of the processes required to create a beautiful bespoke handmade extending refectory style table in pippy Oak. Here at Quercus Furniture it is our aim to use only the finest materials. The chosen timbers are sourced and selected personally to ensure quality and that they match, as close as possible, the client requirements and vision.

The clients had fallen in love with some images of pippy Oak tables on my website and required the handmade table to be extending and in  a refectory table style. After a few phone calls to my local sawyers and saw mills and a couple of visits I was delighted to discover some beautiful pippy Oak boards that are going to be perfect for the commission.

After being in the kiln for a couple of weeks to bring the moisture content down to a workable 10 – 12 percent, the boards for the bespoke handmade table in pippy Oak commission were delivered to my workshop to begin the project.

First job is to size the boards using the good old chalk line and skill saw (Oh for a table saw).

Photo’s are coming but I’m having a glitch uploading them at the moment!!

Ok, so I’ve managed to post some photos of the pippy Oak boards in their raw state. (somehow they’ve ended up at the top of the blog!! I’ll take another lesson….).

At first glance they made not look like much, but I’ll stick my neck out and say they will turn in to thing of beauty. The bespoke handmade table in pippy Oak project begins.

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Pippy Oaks Boards

Pippy Oak board

Chalking out pippy boards

Pippy Oak

Chalk line

The big board

Bespoke handmade table.

The big cut

The first cut is the

Oak Boards

Bespoke Handmade Table

Bespoke Handmade Table in Solid Oak with Bulbous Legs

The bespoke handmade table in solid oak turned out to be a thing of beauty this handmade oak table. The clients were very happy with the colour/stain and the hand applied oil/wax finish. The hand crafted finish has been a process achieved and honed after many years of experimentation with different products, whether bought off the shelf or workshop made by age old tried and trusted recipes. The finishes that I have chosen from these experiments and research now form the two options that I now think my clients value. Both are environmentally and ethically sound. They are both natural mixes of plant oil and natural waxes that are micro-porous and highly resilient to every day living.

Bespoke dining table with bulbous leg base

Handmade table

Bespoke Dining Table in Oak

Handmade to order oak tables

Handmade Oak Table

made to order bespoke oak dining table

Bespoke Handmade Table in Solid Oak with Bulbous Legs

Apologies I’ve been away for a while what with the busy workload and other stuff that’s been really great. However to the update for my clients bespoke handmade table in solid oak with intricate bulbous legs. All has gone very well if a bit nervy with the leg shape cutting on the band-saw!! All leg ‘plant’ timber was planed and glued up straight away to avoid any movement which would have created weakness in the section. Once dry the leg was marked out to the desired shape on all 4 sides the the band-sawing began. As each side was sawn to shape the off cut was pinned back on so the leg could be rotated, the same for each side until all four sides were finished. Off cuts were then knocked off and the sanding process began. The bulbous legs were then mortise and tennoned into the top and bottom bearers which in turn were fixed to the centre stretcher and the top side rails to complete the oak. See photos.

Handmade table base

Bespoke Handmade Table in Solid Oak with Bulbous Leg

Bespoke handmade table with intricate bulbous legs is a request from a client that I have been working with for some time now. The original remit for a made to order table was to be in the traditional handmade refectory table style  i.e. four corner legs and a connecting centre stretcher in solid character oak.  However, after a shopping trip to find soft furnishings for their beautiful new home the clients spotted a table  with a base that they both really liked (see photo).  The problems were that it wasn’t handmade in oak and not to the desired size.  So they took a photo of the table, sent it to us at to see if it was possible to style a handmade table similar to the design but in-keeping  with their requirements of dimensions and in solid oak.

As a table maker this request is quite common and serves as a useful tool in understanding client design preferences.So the cutting list has been made and the timber sourced and ordered – so watch this space as the commission progresses.

Handmade Table with Bulbous Leg