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April 01, 2022 3 min read

6.5m Long Conference Table in English Brown Oak on polished steel legs with antique brass detailing.

We we approached by a formidable global operation in the tech sector and asked to design build and install an adaptable conference table solution which could be used in a variety of situations. Including being 2 separate conference suites at the same time!!!

Ok so 2 identical tables which can be joined together!

Initially though the table has to present as one single table measuring 6.5mx1.5m and meet various criteria from both the materials and the designer makers with respects sustainability and ethics.

After numerous client visits as part of the design process and to get to know the clients tastes, their products and style so this is reflected in the essence of the final piece. Things start to fall into place.

To work through various sampling of differing materials, hardwoods for the table top, should it be square edged or natural edged, single slab or jointed etc...

Hardwoods or steel for the legs, steel due to its industrial feel and weight baring capabilities became the more obvious choice quite early on in the process and so then how it was to be finished became the question. Polished and lacquered or prepared and painted etc...

Detailing to provide accents to the overall piece.  Already Brass being the front runner, so brass detailing its finishing. Bright or antique? etc...

Extensive sampling for this project was certainly going to prove a worthwhile exercise to engage with fully due to the importance of the relationship each element and material has with each other within a table of this stature and that they have to sit comfortably with each other.

With this selection process complete and with key decisions having been made we know had to set about designing and fulfilling brief.

Through all of the meetings concluding these material decisions the brief had one word resonating and presiding over all. "WOW." The table had to have WOW factor. 

6.5x1.5 is WOW in its own right so to now the material choices had to stand up to this and deliver!

Below is a story line sequence of photos and comments as we go through the build.

1 Selection at yard

Stock selection at the yard

2 Loading the kiln.

Loading the kiln.

3 Herbert Setting up to Rough out. (Or WOOF out.)

Herbert Setting up to Rough out. (Or WOOF out.)

4 Machining and dimensioning milled stock

Machining and dimensioning milled stock

5 gluing up end caps

gluing up end caps

7.1 end cap making detail

end cap making detail

7.2 end cap making detail

end cap making detail

8.1 Steel frame and oak beam assembling

Steel frame and oak beam assembling

8.2 oak beam and steel leg.

oak beam and steel leg.

8.3 trimming table top to size.

trimming table top to size.

8.5 Trimming both table tops to size. Its a WHOPPER.

Trimming both table tops to size. Its a WHOPPER.

9.2 Popping Grain

Popping Grain

9.3 Popping Grain

Popping Grain

9.4 First Wax oil applications. Revealling the real beauty of the Oak.

First Wax oil applications. Revealling the real beauty of the Oak.

9.5 coats building. WOW Its meeting brief!

coats building. WOW Its meeting brief!

10.1 Antique brass corner bumper. Good material decisions.

Antique brass corner bumper. Good material decisions.

10.3 Antique brass joining plate. Oak the Brass the Steel just marry together so beautifully. WOW

Antique brass joining plate. Oak the Brass the Steel just marry together so beautifully. WOW

10.4 Brass dome nut and oak beam.

Brass dome nut and oak beam.

10.6 Kramer communication port made in keeping with the finished steel.

Kramer power and connection tubs

10.7 1 table looking good with building coats of hard wax oil.

table looking good.

10.8 Kramer communication port for VGA, CAT6, USB and 230V

 Kramer communication port

10.7 1 table looking good

table looking good

11 TFWACo Logo Plaque

@TFWACo Logo Plaque

For all your conference table requirements or office furniture. Please do give us a call as we will delight in chatting with you. 

01452741298 or info@thefinewoodenarticleco.com

Best regards 

Pete, Jen, Olivia and Herbert the Dog.

Peter Meredith
Peter Meredith

Owner, designer, craftsman, cabinet maker.


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