oak refectory dining table
Chris and Gennie required a dining table to dress their lovely dining room that seated 8 – 10 people comfortably. They wanted a table that reflected the age and style of their Hertfordshire cottage. We felt that a monastic style oak refectory table belonged best in the space, with a finished size of 2.3m x 0.85m x 0.75m, allowed sufficient space for chairs and easy movement around the room.
The beautiful character oak used for the table was milled locally from an old, windblown tree on the Bowes-Lyon Estate at St Pauls Walden, so you could say that it is ‘Royal’ Oak!
The four boards that make up the table top come from two consecutively sawn slabs from close to the centre of the tree’s trunk. The slabs were cut to boards and were book-matched to create mirror image patterns. The timber for table frame; legs, aprons, braces and stretcher all come from different parts of the same tree. The legs are positioned as they were when cut from the same hunk and show off some lovely weathered characteristics and knots.