The grain of a maple tree slab swirls fluidly, creating unique eye-catching patterns. No two slabs are exactly alike which is why some people feel strongly that they want to see the grain pattern of their slab before they buy it. This is only truly possible if you buy your slab from a large distributor like Berkshire Product.
This table was quite a long process but the end result was really fantastic. We started with a general trestle design and provided the clients with multiple rounds of hand drawn design alternatives. We more or less ended up where we started, but it's part of some people's decision making process to feel like they've flirted with all the alternatives to then end up going with their gut. We next did a spec elevation CAD rendering for the clients so they could see proportions and think about leg and chair clearance.
The client grew up in the Berkshires and has since moved to North Carolina. This maple slab from Berkshire Products was a rare find, in that it was so wide and also short. The home was built in the mountains of North Carolina, so we shipped the table and apparently the first delivery truck that came to drop it off couldn't even make it up the mountain road. This table is an incredible maple, the grain pops magnificently with a Rubio oil "pure" finish. The bases were custom made as well for this top.
This simple and bright sugar maple table was designed for a client in a wheelchair whose legs are extended when she is in the chair. The fact that her legs are extended means she has a wider swing when tucking into the table, so she needs more space between the legs. It also means there couldn't be a pedestal or trestle base in the way.
The client came to our showroom and together we chose this Maple slab from Berkshire Products website. It was discounted nearly $800 from similar slabs due to some large splitting and checking and some bark inclusions and tear outs. We blended the live edge of the slab on one side to make it a more natural "rectangular" table shape. We installed six bowties to the underside of the slab to hold the large splits from ever moving again. We filled all the cracks and holes with a clear epoxy. The table has a lacquer spray finish for stain protection.
We'd done a piece of furniture already for this client in a two-tone look. We'd made him a desk with a walnut top and cabinet which had oak drawer fronts. He wanted to maintain the theme of the two tone look on this custom built dresser but change up the materials. We'd always felt that cherry and maple would go together as well as oak and walnut and we were' really glad to have a chance to try it out on this dresser.
Check out this incredible live edge maple table! This gorgeous maple slab came to us from Berkshire Products. After an extensive search, the client chose it herself, and she clearly made an awesome decision. She probably looked at over thirty possible slabs before making this decision. We help in that process. We have a trained and experienced eye so we're able to give meaningful advice during the process. Since the client is buying the slab directly from the distributor in some cases like these with more expensive slabs, we have no incentive to direct the cost up or down.
This seven foot long maple table has ended up near Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire so we gave it some local flavor with four handmade walnut barn star inlays that will act as ties to get the splitting or checking of the slab from increasing over time. We also provided the client with a four foot long walnut coffee table. Both projects are live edge slabs.