Though it has been around for hundreds of years, “farmhouse” is one of the most popular style trends in furniture and home decoration today. Perhaps it is the rebirth of the “farm to table” movement, or the shift in popular style trends towards a back-to-basics, minimalist, clean and organic lifestyle of all wood furniture. So what does “farmhouse style” actually mean? Obviously, you do not need to own a farm with chickens and cows to enjoy this furniture aesthetic.
Cannon Hill Woodworking custom builds every piece for our clients, ensuring your new reclaimed wood table or walnut desk is exactly how you envisioned. Depending on who you work with, a custom table may be built completely differently from one woodworker to another, from how the wood is milled to what finishes are used. Here are some of the most important questions you can ask a table maker before you make a final decision:
Making an informed decision about finishing your furniture is very important because the finish is the only barrier between the raw wood material and the environment around it. There are three considerations when you're finishing your wood: Where your table is located, how you'll use your furniture, and how much protection you'd like. To be clear, by "finish" we don't mean staining or tinting, though we will mention that. We are talking about the topcoat here, which typically is clear and comes in matte, satin, semi-gloss and gloss levels.
Walnut is one of the most captivating hardwoods you can choose when commissioning custom furniture. Not only does walnut maintain the classic aesthetic of a space with dark wood floors and trim; it also stands out in a bright, modern room with lots of white color and light. Walnut is such a durable wood--it’s a great choice for building with longevity and durability in mind. Walnut is one of the most popular of the material options offered to our clients by Cannon Hill Woodworking.
At Cannon Hill we often hear something along the lines of: “There are six of us in the family, but on the holidays we need to seat 12.” If you host parties occasionally but typically don’t need such a large table for your day-to-day use, there is no need to worry. From experience we know that a dining table that is too large for daily use ends up being eaten at less in favor of a smaller kitchen or coffee table. A larger table can take up most of your dining space, which could make it challenging to move about in the room and serve your guests.
Reclaimed wood, also known as repurposed wood, is a popular type of wood for tables and other custom furniture projects. These magnificent and antique construction materials are salvaged from barns and old houses—think large beams, posts, and the “bones” of major structures. Much of the reclaimed wood sold in New England came from right here in Massachusetts, though some makes its way here from the Midwest and Canada.
One of the more common questions we get at Cannon Hill Wodworking is, “How large of a table do I need?” There are several key factors that go into choosing a size for a reclaimed wood table, from how much space you have available, to how many people you’d like to seat at full capacity, to how much elbow room you’d like at a dining table. Here are a few considerations you should keep in mind when evaluating table size and making a dining table purchase.