A bespoke refectory table for the kitchen

A recently commissioned pippy oak refectory table

A year or so ago I received a call from a potential client who was renovating an old country house in Hampshire. He’d already visited our website a few times. Having had a good look at our collection of dining room tables; he said that he really liked the designs, but that he was looking to commission a bespoke table made specifically for the kitchen of the home that he was renovating. 

His brief was that he liked curves, rounded edges and triangles. After a few more conversations about his general design tastes and which of our handmade tables he liked from within the collection, we managed to narrow it down to a refectory table design. This would be traditionally inspired, but brought forward in design to suit the large open plan kitchen of his traditional country home. 

This kitchen table was to be handmade in British Pippy Oak. It needed to comfortably seat 10, cozily 12. On an everyday basis he planned to have 10 chairs set around it. All 10 of the chairs would to be able to tuck underneath the table when not in use. So we settled on a refectory dining table that would have some sort of narrow trestle upright at each end. 

The next step was to come up with a design and provide the client with some elevation drawings of this proposed bespoke dining table design. 

The drawings we provided went down well. His feedback was that he really liked the overall design of the table, but that he just wanted more of an arc in the trestle uprights. So we tweaked the design and the drawings as per his feedback. 

The table was a joy to make. The arcs and generous roundovers gave this dining table such a lovely handmade aesthetic. 

At 2.4 meters by 1.2 meters wide, you could comfortably fit 4 chairs down either side of the table; and on those festive family occasions you could get 2 chairs at each end. 

We bought a lovely log of British Pippy Oak from Vastern Timber and used 3 follow on boards for the table top. We cut each of these wide pippy oak boards in 2 and then rejoined them. 

We've now added this design to our collection of bespoke dining tables and called it the Dimminsdale table. As with all our tables it is handmade to order here in our Devon workshop in your choice of size timber and finish. If you're interested in having a beautiful table designed and made just for you, why not get in touch and commission your own bespoke dining room table today. 

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