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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.

Consultation

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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Extending Oak Table

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Main Table

Bespoke Pippy Oak Extending Dining Table

Table Extension Arms

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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.

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

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Chalking out pippy boards

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Chalk line

The big board

Bespoke handmade table.

The big cut

The first cut is the

Oak Boards

Bespoke Handmade Table

Fulham Handmade Oak Extending Refectory Table

The design and commissioning of this extending oak dining table was an intense and great fun collaboration between myself and the London based client. Emphasis placed mainly on detail and otherness!

Client comment:

Dear James,

I was going through my photos yesterday and realised that I never sent you the photos of our beautiful table – that we completely LOVE !! the photos are quite big – if you cant open them, let me know and I’ll e mail them again.

Wishing you a Happy Christmas,

I’ll e mail you separately our card…something new…

Emma

Handmade Extending Oak Refectory Table

This bespoke refectory table was commissioned to include 2 extending leafs and 6 matching frame chairs with pippy oak back splats. The client requested that the leaves have the option of being stored separately when not in use so as to maintain the integrity of the handmade table. The refectory table and chairs were coloured/finished to complement the existing room furniture.

Handmade Extending Dark Oak Kitchen Table And Bespoke Bench

This handmade central leaf extending oak kitchen table and matching bench works well in a small space.