Our clients wanted a set of dining tables that could be placed end-to-end for large family gatherings, but separated to different parts of the house when a large table wasn’t needed. They considered antique oak, chestnut, and ash before finally settling on maple. The client chose 1-1/4″ thickness for the tops. We used slabs of storm-salvaged country brown maple, which yielded a dark, almost walnut-brown wood streaked with white. It suited the Mid-Century Modern aesthetic the client was leaning toward.
The table bases were unique, designed to be minimalistic, restrained, and contemporary, with an industrial twist. No flashy finishes or tricky expensive metalwork were wanted. Just galvanized steel angle iron with a heavily reinforced top frame for extra stability. Still, because the tables are intended to butt end to end and the design allowed no room for error, fabrication was more challenging than one might suppose. The components had to be perfectly square and level to come together with precision, a fact made trickier by the fact that angle iron isn’t perfectly crisp and square in its interior angles. It was a good challenge for us.
The overall table height of 28-13/16″ with leg clearance of 26-9/16″ was designed to make sitting at the table and working on a laptop comfortable in any sitting position. We worked closely with the client to get this dialed perfectly.
The feet are flat triangular pieces of metal welded to the bottom of the legs, and finished with 1/8″ thick industrial grade 6/6 black nylon beveled triangles glued in place with industrial adhesive. We wanted to make sure the angular design didn’t scratch any flooring!
The result is a design that is at once contemporary and industrial, clean, and understated.