The American “Farmhouse” or “Farm” table evolved over hundreds of years to meet the needs of the early settlers. These rugged tables were usually constructed from planks or slabs of Pine, which was the most plentiful lumber available in Colonial times. The settlers used structural timbers which were converted into table legs or trestles. Folks were usually seated around a basic bench or two.
The lumber they used was usually not cured or kiln dried, thereby forming cracks and twists, over time, as it air dried. The table served many purposes; a place to eat, a workbench, a baking board, a table for canning and preserves or preparing food. But it’s most important use was that of a place where family and farm workers alike would sit around at the end of the day and just chat. Our custom built Farm tables bring back that down home charm with the same rugged functionality! (Source: The Distinctive Cottage ).
Our Farm tables are fully customizable and are hand crafted in our Custom Wood shop by our master craftsmen. These tables can be built using any number of different species of reclaimed or salvaged lumber and just as many choices for table bases or legs. Thick top tables, planked top farm tables, painted or stained and varnished farm tables are a few of the many options available. The legs can be constructed of heavy timbers or from our complete selection or legs, spindles and corbels. You may even choose to incorporate some domestic and exotic hardwood lumber. The possibilities are endless!
Your custom built Farm table can also be finished just about any way you like. Paint? Stain? Varnish? Distressed? Shabby Chic? Industrial? The choice is really up to you. We offer dozens of paint and stain options, including multiple color rubs, and you can choose your level of distressing too. All you have to do is bring your imagination and discuss it with one of our craftsmen.
All of our custom farm tables are built from authentic salvaged or reclaimed wood. We build our tables with lumber that we have either salvaged from old barns, historical houses, tobacco barns and farmhouses or have obtained through reclamation. Most of our wood is over 100 years old and mill sawn or “circle sawn”. The old growth trees that were cut down at the turn of the century were milled with huge circular saw blades creating those striking rounded etchings that you see in the wood. Some of our wood is known as “sinker” lumber, or has been resting at the bottom of a pond or river and has a very unique appearance.
Every piece of wood that we use has it’s own history and unique character and every table that we build is truly one-of-a-kind. We can usually give our customers a little back-end story of where the lumber came from or approximately how old it is. A real conversation starter!
Stop in our wood shop today and chat with one of our Master Craftsmen or contact us here and we’ll get you closer to owning one of these custom farm tables!