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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.


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

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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Beatiful pippy Oak table for sale

Pippy Oak table for sale

Pippy Oak table for sale

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Handmade pippy Oak table for sale

Handmade pippy Oak table for sale

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 commission in ‘pippy’ oak

Handmade table commission has just been started. This made to order table wil be of a trestle style and designed by the client with a little advice from yours truly. Managed to source some wonderfull ‘pippy’ oak (or what our friends across the pond call ‘cats paw’ oak) for the bespoke table top. Plus some full character oak for the handmade table base. I’ll get some photo’s out as soon as l can on the handmade dining table’s progress.