Custom Oak Kitchen Table in Boston’s South End

Custom Oak Kitchen Table in Boston’s South End

Here at Cannon Hill, we build in a vast variety of styles depending entirely on what our clients’ needs are for a given space. We build in innovative styles and traditional ones. Our clients on this project had come to us previously for a custom walnut dining table with more modern styling, but this sunny breakfast banquette called for a table that felt more of a piece with the aesthetics of the kitchen, which featured plush, throwback upholstery and classic millwork.

A sturdy, custom banquette table in an oval shape with a single pedestal base was the natural choice for a space like this one, and white oak was the right choice of species. This style of base in particular is reminiscent of traditional construction methods, and of the tables in a university library or a law office. It’s just as much at home in the clean design styling of these clients’ South End brownstone.


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As always, our designs give at least as much weight to functionality as aesthetics, and usually the former leads the latter. There’s no sense to buying a beautiful oak kitchen table that’s uncomfortable, or one that throws the flow of a room off kilter. The single pedestal, in a rounded banquette like this one, stays as far as is possible from the feet of everyone sitting at the table and allows ample room for legs to scoot by when people go to get up. This is perhaps the greatest advantage of buying a custom wood table – it’s designed and built specifically for your space. Custom furniture can be a leap, but we know how to make it a worthwhile one that turns out right.

We built this table in white oak with an oil finish – a combination with a long, proud history in furniture making here in New England and beyond. Oak’s light colorations and straight, identifiable grain are familiar, which is exactly why we chose it for this project, but we urge our clients not to dismiss this venerable species even if they’re aiming for a more contemporary look.

After all, oak became popular for a reason. It builds remarkably hard-wearing, durable, stable furniture, and it offers a far broader aesthetic range than many people realize. In more natural finishes like the one we used here, oak suggests a warmth and reliability that feel at

 home in more classically-styled spaces. In spaces with more contemporary design, cooler tones in washed-out grays and whites often look best, and white oak takes these tints extraordinarily well.

This was our second piece for the clients’ South End home; the first was this stylish dining table in walnut. We build a great many pieces for clients in Boston’s South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and beyond. Whether you’re in the heart of the city, the metro area or beyond, we’ll create and deliver handmade furniture you’ll love forever.