Woodshop Library

Breadboards
Cable Channel Box
Care & Maintenance
Edge Profiles
Epoxy Fill
Finishes
Mortise & Tenon
Saw Marks
Shou Sugi Ban
Table Shape
Wood Grain

Care & Maintenance (Oils & Waxes)

How Often?

For First 2 Months: Twice/Month
For first Year: Once/Month
After First Year: Once/3-4 Months (or as needed)

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.

Steps:

  1. Scuff entire surface with fine steel wool (grade #0000) with the grain of the wood.
  2. Apply a thin coat of oil/wax blend with a lint free cloth*
  3. After 60 mins. wipe excess oil with clean cloth and buff*

*Avoid spontaneous combustion by soaking oily rags in water and place in a sealed container.

Tips:

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.

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Breadboards

What:

Breadboard ends are a narrow piece of wood mechanically joined to the end of the table. They both add stability and a clean aesthetically nice design element that covers the end.

Why:

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.

Where:

Breadboards can be added for additional support and design to any of our tables. Because of their large overhands on either end, we recommend adding breadboards on trestle tables to keep the tops flat.

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Wood Grain

How the wood is cut determines the grain and the strength and integrity of the final piece.

Types of wood cuts:

Flat-Sawn

  • Features unique cathedral pattern peaks of wood grain.
  • Fastest to produce, most affordable, and produces minimal waste.
  • Has some structural drawbacks due to tangential grain.

Quarter-Sawn

  • Grain pattern appears straight, and beautiful ribbing or flecking present in white oak and red oak.
  • More expensive than flat-sawn as labor is more intensive and produces more waste.
  • Structurally more stable than flat-sawn, less likely to cup and warp, and more resistant to water.

Rift-Sawn

  • Used for applications that require straight-lined linear grain throughout entire piece.
  • Most expensive cut of wood as this is a time consuming process that produces the most amount of waste.
  • Ideal for custom furniture, and the most dimensionally stable cut of lumber.
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Mortise and Tenon

Superior Strength, Stability, and Style

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.

An Ancient Technique:

  • Used by woodworkers dating back over 7,000 years.
  • Found in the world’s oldest intact architecture.
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Table Edge Profiles

Eased Edge

Pencil Edge

Bullnose Edge

Top and Bottom

Dupont Edge

Bevel

Cove Soft Top

Cove

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Soft Finish VS Hard Finish

Standard Oil

Soft natural finish made from a mix of linseed oil and wax.

Allows the characteristics of the woof to show through while providing a beautiful natural sheen and additional protection against liquids.

Maintenance
Mild soap and water for everyday maintenance. Needs several reapplications of the oil/wax blend in order to build a strong layer of protection.

Varnish

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.

Stains
Note; all stains are coated with a varnish.

Maintenance
Mild 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.

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Shou Sugi Ban

Ancient Japanese wood preservation technique

Process

  • Wood is torched, cooled, brushes, and finished with either Danish Oil or Varnish.
  • Charring process creates a layer of carbon that renders the wood impervious to the elements.

Benefits

  • Resilient to rot, decay, fire, and insects.
  • Withstands the test of time and can last generations.
  • Repels water and requires less maintenance and less oiling.
  • Creates a rich in character, unique patina.

Wood Examples

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Table Shape

*Only straight at the sides
*Straight at the sides, and at the heads
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Cable Channel Box

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.

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Rough Cut Saw Marks

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.

Light Saw Marks

Heavy Saw Marks

*Please note heavy saw marks requires groove between woodboard seams.

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