This is a nine foot reclaimed oak table that extends to be an 11 foot long table. It can seat twelve comfortably and could probably squeeze fourteen. It now lives in a beautiful open concept living and dining space in Chestnut Hill, Brookline. As you can see, the floors are also reclaimed oak and have an oil finish. The clients knew they wanted a brown color so that the table would stand out from the floors. We provided them with about 8 color samples to hold in their space and look at in the different lighting of their home at different times of day. On top of the dark stain is a lacquer spray finish for stain-resistance and longevity. There are different wipe on lacquers on the market but none of them compare to the spray lacquer finish that we do ourselves.
The custom pedestal base was made by hand after a lot of design collaboration with the client. We started with an image they sent us from a larger high end retail store's catalogue. At that point we tweaked it in a few ways that they wanted. We gave them several drawings of profiles to choose from and they chose their favorite so that the table is truly uniquely theirs. We have no problem adjusting designs. We are happy to have an evolving and collaborative design process.
We make all our pedestal bases custom and by hand. They take longer to make that the table tops themselves. The only reason we wouldn't make them by hand is if it didn't fit in a client's budget. Then we can provide designs for machine made options that we would buy from a high quality distributor.
That's why people chose to have their furniture made custom. It isn't just the finished product (which is always so much nicer than the factory made junk you'll find at a high end furniture store). The process itself is unique to the client. We build a relationship of trust on truly custom pieces like this so that we can deliver an enjoyable experience. It should be fun, not stressful, to buy furniture. That's the Cannon Hill way. It's part of our mission.
Reclaimed oak tables have a lot of character. They're full of nail holes (that we fill) and saw marks and deep splits and dark spots. The oak itself is sturdy and weathered. Tried and true- tested. It's lasted over 100 years in the elements. We pick the wood out from a distributor in Western Massachusetts and have it kiln dried and then we go pick up up. It comes into our shop beat up and rough, with nails, sometimes bits of old paint, compacted dust from old insect routes. It is a lot more work to build out of reclaimed oak than something fresh cut and milled. But the final product is remarkable.
Here is a photo of a reclaimed oak table with a clear or "pure" finish:
If you're looking for some reclaimed oak furniture we make it all- tables, desks, beds, chests... Please give us a call at 857-576-2089 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org We would love to discuss your project over the phone, by email, or to meet you in our Seaport showroom or our Malden workshop.