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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.



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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.

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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Pippy Oak Slab with Charcoal Metal Base

Pippy Oak Slab with Charcoal Metal Base

Hi All,

Just a quick note to say that the photos of the handmade tables due for sale are now up on the……….. ‘For Sale‘ page!

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

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The big cut

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

Handmade table in pippy (cats paw) oak, reclaimed oak base update

Hi All, The handmade table commission with pippy oak top and reclaimed oak base is finished. The pippy oak top ended up being a great match for the reclaimed oak base colour wise ( see photos)