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.
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".
Elm is gorgeous. This elm slab is even more beautiful in person than it is in photos. Note, this is not the natural color of elm. Elm is a much lighter brown, and there are typically some vert subtle burnt orange undertones throughout. The slabs are clean, and the grain is really captivating without being over the top. The look of an elm slab will never get old. In this case, the client wanted a large live edge table, and they wanted to a specific dark color, but walnut was not quite the right color, and also walnut slabs are quire expensive.
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.
This is a simple, clean, sleek design that is still sturdy and prominent, flawless in every way. The stainless steel base was custom made in house and polished to perfection. The walnut top is a 1.625" thickness and has a lacquer spray finish, the most commercial of our finishes. The base is welded stainless steel, custom made to the specs of the designers who commissioned this table. We carefully protected the table and delivered it to a shipper on the Cape, and only a few days later received these photos of the table in Nantucket.
This is likely the most flawless live edge walnut slab we have ever encountered. Not a blemish! Not a crack, not a spot of bark! The walnut slab was originally twelve feet long. It was shipped to us by Berkshire Products after being carefully selected by the client who drove out to the Berkshires to see it in person. The plan for the table was to do a 7' base table, with two same-slab 18" extensions. There was a 24" offcut that we are going to turn into a coffee table. So when the extensions are on the table, it is 10' long and seats a minimum of 12.
This live edge walnut slab is possibly is the most gorgeous slab to ever come through the doors at Cannon Hill Woodworking. It is Bastogne Walnut which is a gorgeous and rare find. The base was made out of another walnut slab. It's a really incredible design which was brought to us by the client. We'd love a chance to make another.
This is to date the largest table we've made. Fifteen feet of reclaimed oak. The top weighs over five hundred pounds! It took four of us to carry it into the home from the truck and 8 of us to flip it once we'd assembled the base. The barn that the client built in Ipswich is incredible- the exposed timber framing was reclaimed from a barn in Canada and shipped here. This table was longer than any reclaimed oak board we could get our hands on so it has staggered seams. For aesthetic, it has bowties and dowels throughout.