This 60" diameter walnut round was based on the old library tables at Roxbury Latin, the alma mater of one of the clients and the owner of Cannon Hill Woodworking. The two graduated years apart and only made the connection at the initial discussion the project. The school is just a few blocks from where the table now lives in West Roxbury. Those tables had a very heavy and severe way to them, as they were made of oak and stained dark.
The client for this table is a designer who has a vacation home in Maine. She designed the base of the table herself. She sent us a really nice hand drawing and basically said "I trust you to make this base beautiful and proportional to the table" and we went to work. What we didn't know was how cool her dining nook would be! Anyways, these bases are hand made like everything at Cannon Hill Woodworking, and assembled with real wood joinery.
This table was a surprise 25th wedding anniversary present for the client's wife. We started with several design ideas: A compass rose, a sailboat, and the GPS coordinates of the island where the couple got engaged. The artwork was done special on this table by our friend Warren Rader at Rader's Engraving. He did an excellent job. So we made the 32" walnut round top perfectly smooth and flat as always. Then we built a crate special and brought it to Warren. He nailed the engraving. It's perfect.
Yea, so the name of our company is Cannon Hill Woodworking, but that doesn't mean we can't orchestrate another type of table, because our steel work is all done in house and we can contract local companies for glass or stone work. So this table is a 72" round glass top, a huge, heavy 1/2" thick piece of tempered glass. So this base needed to be big, strong, and a serious visual centerpiece because the glass top is obviously see through.
Bastogne walnut is a hybrid of the California Claro and English walnut. These trees aren't cultivated, rather they occur naturally in the wild. They are rarely found in general, and very rarely seen on the East Coast. They grow to be very large. We've actually made a pretty magnificent 12' Bastogne walnut table previously to working on this disc cut "cookie" as it's called. The disc cut on this custom coffee table is approximately 31" around. The walnut cut came to us with some abnormality to the shape that we cut out and blended to make a more uniform shape for the coffee table top.
This extendable walnut table was the product of a lot of collaboration between the clients and Cannon Hill Woodworking. First we met in the showroom and began to hone in on a design. The clients were deciding between a pill, an oval, and a round table to start with, and the base type and placement of the base as it related to seating was very important. After many emails, the clients came to our workshop to finalize everything.
The clients are furnishing a new construction home in Rhode Island with a grand open concept living, dining, and kitchen area. They have dark concrete floors and a dark granite countertop. They came to visit the shop hoping to create a 3" thick by 6' diameter table top to fit on a big heavy metal base that they already had. On this oak dining table top, Cannon Hill Woodworking only made the top, though we do make custom metal bases.
These are seven teak tables we made for a restaurant that is being built in Revere, overlooking the water. Four of the tables are dining height and three are coffee table height. As with many of our projects, on these bases we started with a photograph and we came up with specs and built the bases custom for our clients. These bases have a black zinc powder coat to ensure the most rust proof coating available for seaside furniture.