Custom Live Edge Bubinga Table in Georgetown

Custom Live Edge Bubinga Table in Georgetown

When a slab like this one comes through the door of our workshop, it’s pretty clear what our job is: get out of the way. And that’s not just because it was fully fourteen feet by four – it’s because when we see a live-edge slab as beautifully figured as this one, we want to make sure that the wood speaks for itself. Bubinga, the species of wood in this twelve-foot dining table, is prized and renowned for the figure – that is, those light and dark patterns on its face, which reflect light in different and striking ways – often seen in the wood. 

For this table, and in the interest of letting the wood speak for itself, the clients decided on a very clean-looking style of steel “X-base” with a wood beam running through the center of each leg. Historically, on big tables like this one, with heavy, live-edge slabs, one of the risks inherent in using multiple independent bases is “racking,” or leaning. Our bases and legs obviate this problem, but we’ll often build a square wooden beam like this one, that matches the tabletop and passes through each base, as an aesthetic homage to the solutions of the past.

 

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The type of finish is an important question on any table, but it’s especially crucial when a live-edge wood slab commands as much attention as this one does. The last thing we want to do is hide any of the natural characteristics of the material. Furthermore, we want to do what we can to minimize the effects of those things – like spills or dropped silverware – that invariably happen on well-loved and well-used furniture. There’s no such thing as a bulletproof finish, but a spray-on lacquer of the sort one we used here does darn good work. Super clear and smooth, with a matte appearance, a spray finish offers great protection while allowing the natural qualities of the wood to shine through. 

Custom-built, live-edge dining tables are a specialty of ours here at Cannon Hill, and we work with a wide variety of wood species, both highly-figured and not.