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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.

Dimensions

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 Pippy Oak Extending Dining Table

img_02401 img_02381 img_02371 img_02351My latest project was for an 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.

Completion

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”.

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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

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Handmade Extending Oak Table

Handmade Oak Extending Table

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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.

Large Oak Dining Table & Chairs

Hello everyone – let me fill you in on the latest Quercus Furniture news.  Autumn is here and people are starting to think about the perfect table to have their friends and family sitting around this Christmas.  Have a look at my range of beautiful oak refectory and contemporary tables and give me a call if you would like to discuss what I could make for you.

So after the beautiful contemporary English Elm slab table and the wonderful Arts & Crafts table commissions, the latest project is a traditional large handmade Oak refectory dining table and 12 chairs.

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The commission was for a 12 seater (14 when required) traditional style Oak refectory dining table in solid Oak with plenty of character. The ‘frame’ chairs to be made in English Ash with an Oak back splat to complement the main table.  The handmade dining table is in the refectory style and is in solid character Oak.

Table dimensions are 3.6m long x 1.2m wide and 76cm high.

 

Tanyard Large Oak Dining Table

Large Oak dining table to a new design. The client requested a 3m 10 seater Oak dining table, without the traditional 4 leg at each corner design. To be relatively contemporary but constructed using traditional methods with clean timber and clean lines. I based the design on my appreciation and nod to the Arts & Crafts pieces that I have worked on/restored over time.

The client and myself are very pleased with the end result as it fulfills their vision and fits perfectly into the space that is now it’s home.

Just need to work on the chairs next!

A new design large Oak dining table.

A new design large Oak dining table.

Large Oak dining table

A large Oak dining table to a new design.

Large Oak dining table

A large Oak dining table to a new design

Large Oak dining table

A large Oak dining table to a new design

Large Oak dining table.

Handmade large Oak dining table to a new design.

Handmade Pippy Oak Table

Handmade Pippy Oak table for sale  with a beautifully rare full character 3 board top. The central ‘show’ board is 500mm wide, with the 2 outer boards being 250mm wide and 40mm thick. The handmade table dimensions are 2.6m (8ft 6in) x 1m (3ft 3.5in). The buyer has the option of a metal or wooden base. Contact me here for details. This table, with the full character Pippy oak central board is the last board from the full character Pippy  Oak log that I managed to source from one of my very conscientious timber merchants, of which I have been fortunate to construct 4 wonderful tables from, 3 of which are gracing discerning homes. The first of which was for a very special commission. The other 2 handcrafted tables can be found on this (For Sale) page, which however have since been sold. Another name for Pippy Oak comes from America in the form of ‘Cat’s Paw Oak’, of which you may be more familiar.

The table will seat 8 – 10. Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you may have.

 

 

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Handmade pippy Oak table for sale

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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The big board

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The first cut is the

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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.

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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 http://www.quercus-furniture.co.uk/ 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