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 pushed fully in at either end of the table. A 2m trestle table would be fine with six chairs around it, but at 1.8m there just isn't enough room underneath. Normally the solution in this case is to go for a 'leg at each corner' design, such as our Wistmans table or Whittlewood table, but in this case this didn't fit the bill design-wise.
We love a design challenge, and this conflict between aesthetic and practicality is not uncommon, so we came up with another contemporary trestle table design. It shares the same wedged tenon detailing and some of the feel of the Potton table, but crucially in this case, the cross-members and stretchers that support the legs underneath the table are positioned above chair seat height, so allowing all six chairs to push fully in, even on a 1.8m table.
A raw oiled finish was chosen - this incorporates a subtle white pigment in the oil to counteract the slight darkening effect that an oiled finish normally brings. Visually it works really well on this sort of contemporary design.
The ash tenons are secured in place with brown oak wedges, and then sanded flush, to create a beautifully decorative and supremely strong joint.
We think the finished piece and accompanying Koji chairs work really well in the client's characterful period setting.