Soft oil finishes on wooden furniture direct from the woodshop need to build up a strong layer of protection over time. Extra care and maintenance early on will set you up for a fantastic piece of furniture for years to come.
*Avoid spontaneous combustion by soaking oily rags in water and place in a sealed container.
If the surface feels sticky:You may have applied too much oil or too often. Simply scruff surface again (step 1) and rebuff (step 3).
If the surface feels dry:It may be time to apply another coat of the oil/wax blend.
Everyday maintenance:Use mild soap and water on a damp cloth to wipe up after meals and daily spills.
Breadboard ends are narrow pieces of wood at each end of the table. They are permanently affixed and within your overall dimensions. Although they are mostly aesthetic, they do add some structure and stability. It should be noted that your table will expand/swell and contract/shrink seasonally and thus the breadboards may stick out slightly, up to .25″ inch (typically in the winter months). Please avoid breadboard ends if this may not appeal to you.
Wood is a living breathing material and will naturally expand and contract. Breadboards work with the nature of the wood, helping the table remain flat while allowing the wood to shrink and expand without risking cracking or splitting.
Breadboards can be added for additional support and design to any of our tables.
How the wood is cut determines the grain and the strength and integrity of the final piece.
Similar to the human body, a table will feel most stressors on its joints. A well designed mortise and tenon joint is simple and strong defense against any stressor your table will experience. Such stressors to the table may include getting pushed/kicked around, sat upon, leaned against. To add to this, there is natural movement from the expansion and contraction of the wood. All of this requires a strong leg-to-apron joint design that will hold the integrity of the table.
Soft natural finish made from a mix of linseed oil and wax.
Allows the characteristics of the wood to show through while providing a beautiful natural sheen and additional protection against liquids.
MaintenanceMild soap and water for everyday maintenance. Needs several reapplications of the oil/wax blend in order to build a strong layer of protection.
Environmentally friendly water-based hard finish.
Strong against scratches and dings. Standard varnish is low/matte 5 sheen finish. Higher sheen is available on request (40 or 60 sheen), providing a glossier finish.
StainsNote; all stains are coated with a varnish.
MaintenanceMild soap and water for everyday maintenance. If you would like to use an off-the-shelf cleaning product, we recommend non-toxic, natural cleaners such as Murphy’s Oil. Varnish does not require reapplication.
Ancient Japanese wood preservation technique
Allow easy access to electrical components and wiring. Keep tour table top organized, clean, and free of clutter.
Additional Info:Typical size is a 5″ wide top and 6-7″ wide box.
Customizable options include a laser engraved or inlayed logo.
Various levels of saw marks can be left in for texture, and/or patina. Saw marks can be left in for any type of wood. A great way to leave in a bit of rustic character.
*Please note heavy saw marks requires groove between woodboard seams.
Not only can bow-ties/butterflies, and dog bones prevent cracks from spreading, they are an aesthetically pleasing focal point.
An addition of material that can aid in securing and supporting a natural crack in the wood surface. An inlay can be added where there may be natural splits in the wood to keep the wood together .
Browse through over 90 table design combinations, taking inspiration from some of our trestle tables, round tables, oval tables, conference tables, tables with metal work, live edge tables, stained or painted bases, turned legs, tapered legs, or straight legs. These are only examples, you are welcome to create your own unique table; just let us know what you are thinking.
Match your table up with a bench that compliments your table’s character, wood, and style. Casual bench seating is flexible, kid-friendly, and often easier on the budget than multiple chairs.
These are only examples, you are welcome to create your own unique style; just let us know what you are thinking.