Sometimes, a client will come in with a very specific design idea in mind, and it’s up to us to turn that idea into a custom piece of furniture that can anchor a room in their home for decades, or generations. This white oak dining table is the product of exactly that process. Our client wanted to see a square steel beam pass through a chunky oak plate to create an “X” base of a type very different than what we often build.
Sturdy and sleek, 60" Diameter, white oak table with a white-wash and lacquer spray finish. The white-wash is a product called "natural" from Rubio Monocoat. It can be topcoat finish, but this client wanted a spray finish for extra stain protection. The base is great for seating and we bulked it up a little from a previous design to ensure that it would be really solid and have no ability to flex (there is a lot of torque available on a round top like this and a pedestal base with such a thin profile at it's connection points).
Live Edge Oak book match with an oil finish in a newly purchased home in Newton. The slabs are clean, classic and beautiful. Nothing wild here, but really nice grain. A steady, handsome tree. Oil finish brings out warmth in the oak. Metal "double I" base with a black powder coat is very efficient for seating purposes and chair tucking.
White Oak is perhaps the most durable of all the domestic hardwoods. This top is 101" x 54" and made from 8/4 white oak which is 2" thick before we mill into it and end up around 1.625 to 1.75 inches thick. This top is rock solid, and super heavy- in the range of 400 pounds. So it needs a really strong base which is where is full frame custom welded base comes into play. This base was similar to a table base we made for an oceanfront restaurant in Revere, but the angle of the legs is different. they angle out towards the corners in stead of angling in.
This white oak table was for a couple who'd recently gotten married and moved into a new place in Somerville. This is a really classic table design, but it just looks better when Cannon Hill Woodworking makes it. For starters we turned the legs in house, so they are made from the same material as the top. Other "custom furniture" companies in Boston would buy these legs from a 3rd party vendor, so material would not be an exact match and the proportions would not be to the client's exact specifications. In this case, the client actually made a computer mock up for us of the legs.
Typically large commercial remodel or new construction projects go mostly with what's known as "commercial grade" furniture and millwork vendors. This means "you get what you get and you don't get upset". This make sense, of course. If you need to buy 40 tables for a large dining room, or 160 chairs, you can't have every piece be fine handmade furniture. Cannon Hill Woodworking is here for that accent piece or two, for that conference table, or private dining space, or welcome area table that you want people to see and go "Wow".
A designer with whom we have completed many successful projects told us they wanted a new conference table top for their office on the North Shore. They had an old hospital gurney base that they wanted to use, but they wanted to remove the existing top and make a live edge oak top. We sourced to fourteen foot long slabs from Western MA, cut them each in half, kiln dried them in our shop's kiln, and then created this quadruple book match table top.