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Bespoke Dining Tables & Furniture

We have designed a collection of handmade dining tables and seating that we make to measure in a selection of timbers and finishes. We also offer a bespoke design and making service.

Bespoke Enquiry

For projects where you have a particular idea in mind we offer a bespoke furniture making service creating truly one-of-a-kind pieces. Please email info@orpago.co.uk if there is something you think we could help with.


Sun, 19/02/2017 - 20:43
Stage 3 of making a dining table top is the glue up. Once we're satisfied with the edging on all the boards we can move on to ordering them to get the best aesthetic out of the timber we're using. We want to get all the boards to work in unison, so that the change from one to the other across the table top is subtle and complementary. I still smile a satsfied smile if when I'm sanding the top of...
Fri, 10/02/2017 - 22:43
In the last blog post, I wrote about the processes involved in the first stage of making a dining table top. Stage 1 was essentially the picking and 'roughing out' of the timber. Stage 2 is machining, ripping and edging the boards before gluing up. The fist process is to surface plane one face of each board before running them through the thicknesser. We need to surface plane them first in order...
Wed, 01/02/2017 - 10:59
There a various stages involved in making a beautiful top for a dining table; and within each stage, several processes. Stage 1 is sourcing and roughing out the timber. The first process is picking the timber. Most the tables we make are in British hardwoods and we use three sawmills, all based in the South of England. They all specialise in buying, milling, drying and selling timber grown in...
Tue, 24/01/2017 - 17:04
We met a client at a show we exhibited at back in the spring who commissioned us to make her a bespoke table. Her kitchen was being built at the time and she knew that she had limited width to play with - she needed us to make her a long, narrow table with a couple of matching benches that could be tucked underneath and out of the way when not in use. While on the stand at the show she really...
Mon, 23/01/2017 - 17:05
A potential client loved our Potton table in British olive ash, however limited space meant that they wanted to commission a bespoke table no more than 1.8m long. They also needed to be able to tuck six of our Koji chairs fully under the table when not in use. The one drawback with trestle tables is that, unless the table is fairly generously sized, the trestle uprights prevent chairs being...
Tue, 13/09/2016 - 17:00
We were recently commissioned, by an existing client who was moving house, to design and make a rectangular dining table to go with the circular table that we had already made for him. The client did not want a table with a leg in each corner as he wanted to maximise on seating capacity. The main brief was to emulate the same handmade feel in the new table as his existing dining table. We...
Fri, 29/07/2016 - 07:10
Here's a recent commission for a bespoke extendable dining table. It was handmade in British prime oak with a clear, semi matt oiled  finish. The unextended dimensions are 2000x1000mm, which would comfortably seat 8 people (3 down either side, 1 at each end). We also made a bench to match that could slide between the legs and under the table when not in use. It has two 'store-away' leaves...
Sat, 16/07/2016 - 16:55
We're regularly commissioned to make either our Wistmans or Whittlewood table with the ability to extend. It's the flexible option. You want to be able to entertain 10 or so guests at the dining table from time to time, but on an everyday basis there are maybe 4 or 5 of you... and the 10 seater table will be a bit of a squeeze if it's there day in day out. Here's an example of one we were...
Wed, 13/07/2016 - 12:22
Here's a recent commission for a client in Sidmouth who loved our Whittlewood dining table design, with its single central grain matched drawer. She wanted it handmade to the bespoke size of 1380x750mm with a 27mm thick top. She also commissioned two Koji chairs and our Woolcombe bench. We made the table and bench in British Olive Ash. The contrast between the rich olive streaks and paler ash...
Sat, 17/10/2015 - 15:25
If you're looking to have a large dining table made for you, why not check out our collection of designs. We make them all to order to any size in a choice of timbers and finish. For each table design we have an online pricing calculator which means that you can choose from a host of options such as length, width, table top thickness, timber and more, to customize your table to your...
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