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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.

Large Bespoke Oak Dining Table

Hi All,

I’ll let the client do the talking on this one.

The Client


Thank you, thank you, thank you! The oak table in the Arts and Crafts style you have created is absolutely STUNNING and even better than I had imagined. It really has the ‘WOW’ factor and fits perfectly into the new extension of our 1920s Arts and Crafts house. You have literally made my dream table a reality and I still smile every time I see it!

I literally scoured the internet for a table of the size and style we wanted but I could not find anything that compares to the quality of your incredible tables.

In addition, you have been so patient and thoughtful every step of the process; from discussing designs and sizes (numerous times) to creating and organising delivery. I particularly like the fact that you spent time considering all the various options and we have definitely ended up with the best possible outcome.

James, I am so glad you took on the project and I have always felt in safe hands; you don’t rush anything and you want to create the best for your customer. I have no hesitation in recommending you to anyone who wants a unique, lovingly-crafted piece of furniture that will last a lifetime. We think you’ve done an amazing job and we will be admiring your craftsmanship with friends and family for many, many years to come…

Best wishes and 5 gold stars,

Arts & Crafts

Large Oak Dining Table With Cruciform Style Base



Oak Slab Dining Table

Waney Edge Dining Table

Live Edge In Situ

Waney Edge Table

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Oak Slab

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Oak slab table

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Waney oak slab

With Metal Base

Single slab Oak table

Industrial X Base

Character Oak

Waney Edge Oak Slab

Single Waney Edge Oak Slab Dining Table

Just Sanded Look

Waney Edge Oak Slab

Natural Finish

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X Frame Metal Base

Beautiful oak slab dining table

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The Top

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.

The Base

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.

Here’s their kind email on delivery –

Hi James,

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.

I assume there is not much we need to do to care for it?

I was also going to ask you what you used to seal the surface as I’ve got an oak top in our apartment in St Ives that we need to sand & seal?

Many thanks again.







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

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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

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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

Pippy Oak

Bespoke Oak Table

Large Oak Table

Extending Oak Dining Table

Pippy Oak Table

Extended Dining Table

Large Bespoke Slab Dining Table

Hi All, here’s the latest Large Elm Slab Dining Table commission. This beautiful live edge Elm dining table was commissioned for a client’s new home in the Cotswold’s. The house is surrounded by a stunning woodland which has a number of ancient Elm trees that can be seen from the main living quarters.  There is also a lake near the house which adds a unique reflective light element. Here we see the client’s choice of Elm fits perfectly into the natural environment.

Table Dimensions

Dimensions of this large bespoke live edge slab dining table are 3m x 900mm +/_ 50mm x 50mm thick top. The top has been finished with a natural matt hard wax oil. The metal base provides a perfectly contrasting stage upon which to showcase the natural character and grain patterns of the elm. The base is box frame mild steel at 80mm x 40mm and can be painted to client requirements or left as an industrial contrast to the beautiful timber. The client in this case preferred a tapered base to give an illusion of the table ascending as the tree does from it’s roots


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Elm Slab Dining Table

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Elm Slab Table

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Elm Slab dining Table

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Live Edge Slab Dining Table

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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.

Handmade Extending Oak Table

Handcrafted extending oak table

Handmade Extending Oak Table

Handmade Oak Extending Table

Extending Oak Dining Table

Large Oak Dining Table

Large Oak Extending Dining TableHi All

The latest commission is this handmade extending Oak table. The main table dimensions are 2.4m x 1.15m to seat 8 comfortably. Then with 2 removable leafs, extending to 3.3m to seat 12.

Timber used is 1st grade solid character Oak with a 40mm thick top.