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How to Care For Your Table

Ok… so you’ve just spent good money on a high quality table, or perhaps you want to have a beautiful table custom made for you.  You’re worried you’ll ruin it right away or that your grandkids will beat it up or that you’ll get all kinds of stains on it during the holidays when you have guests.

Why Your Home Needs Walnut

If you’re looking for a new custom dining table or showpiece furniture, walnut is one of the best wood options available. Similar to reclaimed oak, walnut can be made as classic or as modern as you’d like, meaning you can use walnut in a rustic farmhouse style living room or in a modern city condo. Here are some top reasons why you should consider walnut as the wood to use in your next project:

What Is Farmhouse Style?

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.

Questions To Ask Your Custom Table Maker Before Buying

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:

Furniture Finishes: Advice, Pros and Cons

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.

What’s Live Edge Walnut? Reasons To Select This Stunning Wood

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. 

Need A Bigger Table for Hosting Guests? Use Extenders!

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.