Live Edge

Live Edge Coffee Table and Infinity Base

One of the unavoidable facts of furnituremaking is that there will be waste in the process. Whether it’s off-cuts from our tables, shavings from our planes, or sawdust from our sanders, we spend our days turning pieces of wood into smaller ones. We feel a responsibility to make the most of every piece of wood that enters our shop, and we’re loathe to throw any out. In fact, we run a program under which we give off-cuts that aren’t going to make it into our projects to other local woodworkers.

16-Foot Live-Edge Beech Table

We like to say that here at Cannon Hill we specialize in showstopping furniture that can command attention in a room — pieces like this one are the proof positive of that capability. This table measures out at over 16 feet long, and required almost the whole Cannon Hill team to deliver. As proud as we are of the table itself — quite a bit, it should be said — this project also points to our abilities after the build itself is over.

Live Edge Walnut Table With Punch-through Base

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 live edge walnut dining table is the product of exactly that process. Our client wanted to see a square steel beam pass through a chunky walnut plate to create an “X” base of a type very different than what we often build.

Live Edge Dining Table with Custom Cradle Base

This table is a fantastic example of the sort of handmade custom furniture we spend our days making here at Cannon Hill. Our clients approached us with a number of inspiration images, and we worked together to unify those images into a single table design. This project obviously draws heavily from the work of famous 20th-century furniture makers, but we endeavor to put our own twist on everything that goes out our door.

Incredibly-grained Live Edge Walnut Dining Table

A lot of wood comes through our shop, in a lot of different forms. We see reclaimed lumber of several different species, freshly milled boards in oak, cherry, maple, walnut, ash, and hickory, and live edge slabs in elm, chestnut, maple, oak, and various varieties of walnut. We see highly-figured pieces and flatter, simpler ones. It’s a testament to the visual appeal of wood that even with all that exposure we can all still get excited by the material we work with all day every day. It’s why we’re so confident that our clients won’t tire of the tables we make for them.

Live Edge Claro Dining Table with Metal Base

It’s a real treat when our furniture lands in a home that has recently undergone a redesign, and can serve as a feature of a well-considered aesthetic. For this project we worked with an interior designer who had created a modern, elegant decor in a newly renovated Franklin home with a classic interplay of dark and light. Claro was the natural choice of material in a project like this, and we think everything came together beautifully. A large dining table like this one can serve as a real anchor to the design of a space, and we’re proud when our tables do just that.

Live Edge English Elm Conference Table in Boston

When we’re building custom furniture for an office, like this conference table for a software company here in Boston, a whole host of considerations enter the conversation that aren’t present in our residential work. Of course, certain things, like build quality, will never change, when we’re making a dining table we seldom need to consider the sightlines to a projector screen, for example, or how to ensure that no one’s laptop runs out of battery.

Live Edge Claro Walnut Waterfall Desk

Our client came to us with the idea for this desk, and we homed in on the final design together. Rather than having conventional legs or a base, it features a waterfall edge on one side, and rests on a preexisting built-in bookcase on the other. The “waterfall” here refers to the fact that it’s made from a single long section which we cut along a common seam at 45-degree angles and then glued back together to form a tight, right-angle turn down to the floor. When the process is properly done, the wood grain flows seamlessly over and down the corner like water over a fall.

Brilliant Claro Single-slab Rectangular Trestle Table

When we embark on the process of making custom furniture for our clients, we never quite know what the finished product is going to look like. Whether it’s live edge, milled, or reclaimed, what species we’ll use, what sorts of finish, all these things are up in the air. Whether in our showroom or online, it’s a real treat to walk the path towards a finished piece with clients.