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When choosing a wood for your custom table, the easiest part of the decision making process is picking the color of wood. Now that you’ve gotten that decision out of the way, it’s time to consider a few other important factors so that you can make the best possible decision for your table.
The three main factors involved in buying the right table top are: durability, grain, and cost.
Durability is measured in hardness of the wood via the The Janka hardness test measures the resistance of a sample of wood to denting and wear. The higher the number on the scale, the harder and more durable the wood.
Wood grain is the arrangement of the wood fibers, denoting the texture of the wood.The wood pores that determined if it’s open or closed-grain. Larger pores are considered open grain and are visible to the naked eye. Smaller pores create a closed grain.
When considering cost for your new table or desk, it is important to keep in mind that the wood utilized is solid wood (as opposed to the less expensive particle board wood commonly used in mass-produced tables) has been salvaged and is not virgin wood. Olde Good Things is consciously utilizing practices to avoid deforestation where possible. The cost of each hand-crafted table is reflected in the craftsmanship and quality of each table and is indicative of the table’s longevity.
DURABILITY: One of the hardest woods typically used for high-use furniture such as cabinetry. Takes dark stain well. Mositure-resistant, maple is rated as non-durable to perishable, and susceptible to insect attack. Janka rating 1400-1500
GRAIN: Straight, closed-grain.
DURABILITY: Oak is a hard-wearing and heavy wood – able to withstand constant use. Most often cut in a way that makes it resistant to warping. Rated as non-durable to perishable, with poor insect resistance. Stains when in contact with water. Janka rating 1200-1300
GRAIN: It is known for having lovely open-grain markings.
DURABILITY: Low-density, softwood. Prone to nicks and scratches. Takes paint and stain well. The heartwood is rated as non-durable to perishable in regards to decay resistance. Janka rating 300-400
GRAIN: Even, close-grained
DURABILITY: Walnut is a hardwood known for its strength. Rated as very durable in terms of decay resistance, though it is susceptible to insect attack. Janka rating 1000-1100
GRAIN: Straight, open-grain. Has a medium texture and moderate natural luster.
Who would have dreamed that interiors once reserved for factories and warehouses would one day grace our living spaces? The industrial style movement has taken the design world by storm — and we love it! Here at Olde Good Things, our salvage team seeks out the industrial with our careful excavations of historic buildings.
Not only is the loft look the epitome of sleek and modern, it adds a simple, utilitarian vibe to household effects. By combining the durability of historic craftsmanship with contemporary design, hard, manufactured edges with soft, discreet undertones, the industrial living space achieves a robust balance between nature and the innovation of man.
The secret to achieving this ambience is by using open space as a design element and breaking up the space with a few signature items. The industrial look may include, but is not limited to: marine salvage, industrial carts, pulleys, salvage machine bases, and salvage lockers illuminated by industrial lighting fixtures. Lighting can be achieved by utilizing overhead holophane fixtures from a factory, or repurposed steel cage sconces. Earthy elements like copper, tin, iron, and corrugated metal are salvaged from the discard pile and made by Olde Good Things shops into mirrors and furniture.
Custom Industrial Tables
One of the most highly revered pieces of the modern design aesthetic is the custom, industrial style dining room table. Olde Good Things prides itself on repurposing pieces of unassuming, natural materials into beloved and substantial tables. Custom tables can feature surfaces constructed of reclaimed wood or steel, paired with steel or cast iron legs. Clients have the option of ordering matching wood benches to complement their custom industrial dining table. Tables are made-to-order with a 6-8 week production time. Table top sizes can be customized to fit need and usage.
For a custom piece of history like the rustic table, Olde Good Things offers a selection of pine, oak, maple, walnut, and steel for the surface. Slabs are available in smooth, rustic, or semi-rustic textures with a selection of stain colors. Cast iron or steel legs serve as a base.
To learn more about our distinctive crafting process, visit our website page here, or come see us in person at our Scranton, Pennsylvania warehouse.
Our cast iron machine table legs are redesigned from original jewelry press legs made in America during the early 19th century. These legs are manufactured specifically to pair with our one of kind reclaimed wood table tops. Each leg has a top plate with four mounting holes for easy mounting, great for making your own industrial farm dining room table, coffee table or bench. There are five styles to choose from, two with a counter height option. Each leg is lacquered to prevent rust and gives the iron a blackened color. We offer metallic highlighting of the embossed lettering on the Brooklyn legs and the New York legs. We also offer custom coloring and distressed finishing. Please contact us for pricing on custom options.
Farmhouse style rustic is one of the most popular design trends sweeping the globe. Not only is the use of wood and metal an edgy look, it can provide the ideal balance between modern and cozy in the chemistry of your home.
Designing your kitchen with Farmhouse design elements is easy, and it will give the room a unique balance between cutting edge and traditional. Distressed finishes highlight this look; sleek distressed wall wood skins and timeless distressed furniture complement each other. Pair with vintage white subway tile and antique tin mirrors, wood and metal baskets, and chicken wire glass on the cabinet doors for a finished and perfected rustic kitchen and dining room. Other design elements to consider are iron hooks on planks to hang utensils, coats, or even antique light fixtures. Farmhouse style dining tables, in particular, are one way to bring this contemporary vibe into your space while inventing a traditional place to create years of memories.
The artisans at Olde Good Things have perfected the art of the farmhouse dining table. Like our other crafted items, the dining room tables are made from reclaimed materials, often from buildings over a century old that would otherwise end up clogging up the landfill. Custom salvaged wood from classic buildings is actually of a far better quality than the pressed fabricated wood used in new furniture. When choosing pieces of reclaimed wood from historic brownstones and famous buildings, our architecturologists select only the best reclaimed wood from the beams and joists. Then we send the specially selected wood to our warehouse in Scranton, where our craftsmen begin to sculpt and shape the dining room tables. You can learn more about our custom process here.
If you have decided to go with this stunning look, measure your space and record the dimensions. Then contact us at Olde Good Things so we can help you decide on the right design style, color, finish, and size for your custom reclaimed wood dining table. All of our dining room tables are made to custom length, width, and height. Our beautiful wood choices include pine, oak, maple, and walnut. The finish for your dining room table top can be smooth, semi-rustic, or rustic with a stain to suit your color palette.
Featured Farmhouse Style Dining Room Tables
We also offer traditional benches as an addition to each custom dining table.
Despite its age, the wood used retains its quality and longevity, and will look and feel better than anything on the market. If you are ready to begin designing your custom reclaimed wood dining table, please contact us today.
If you are the proud owner of an Olde Good Things handcrafted dining room table or you own a farm table made of the woods listed in the video, you may have many questions on how to well maintain and clean your dining room table.
There are generally two types of finishes we use:
1. Conversion Varnish: We also refer to this as our lacquer finish. This finish is generally used for hardwoods such as: walnut, maple, mahogany, oak industrial flooring etc.
2. Oil / Varnish: This is three-part mixture which consists of marine varnish, tong oil and mineral spirits. We use this finish on our farm tables, which are made from reclaimed white pine and other pines as well as on our reclaimed oak.
These two finishes are both stain resistant and water resistant. In caring for your dining room tables, we suggest using a mild soap and water for everyday use. This will clean grease and stains etc. We recommend Guardsman, a spray furniture polish to bring back the luster in your table.
For the farm tables when scratched you can easily touch it up with a Minwax pencil stain sold at Home Depot. Use either dark or light depending on the color of your table. A provincial stain is usually good for our tables. Then wipe over with natural Danish Oil and wipe off to revitalize your table. This is also sold at Home Depot.
Going “green” has been a popular theme chanted in Hollywood, schools, and corporate America over the last decade. Recycle, reduce, reuse – and close the loop, right? The truth of the matter is that Olde Good Things has been ahead of the “green” movement since we began back in 1995. We’ve been salvaging, restoring, refurbishing, re-purposing, and reusing architectural goods since the day we opened, and we couldn’t be more proud of the results.
Saving the trees
According to the UN FAO State of the World’s Forests 2007 report, a report written to express the level of global deforestation, “the statistics on global production and consumption of wood fuel (charcoal and other energy uses) round wood (paper and other non-lumber products) and sawn wood (lumber). It estimates global production at 1.7 billion (46%), 1.6 billion (43%) and 421 million (11%) cubic meters.” These numbers are staggering, but when you stop to consider that these numbers are 6 years old (population and industry growth have increased steadily over the last six years), you shouldn’t be surprised that the number of trees cut down every year is nearing the tens of billions.
At Olde Good Things we know that trees are literally the life’s breath of the planet, which is why we go out of our way to include lumber and wood reclamation in our architectural salvage efforts. We salvage wood from old barns, churches, farm houses, and other structures dating back to the late 1800s. This reclaimed wood isn’t used as fuel or ground down into saw dust, it is lovingly and skillfully restored and used to handcraft our more beautiful farm tables. Not only that, much of the wood pieces we salvage from churches and other period structures are restored and reused as architectural touches in many home remodels throughout the US.
When our customers choose to use reclaimed or salvaged wood in their home remodels or interior design projects, they are choosing to bring history, beauty, and an element of “green” into their lives.
Between the Civil War and WWI, the US became a booming industrial society. Factories, warehouses, and mills popped up all over the face of the nation – much like a rash that had been left unchecked. After WWI many of the factories that were used to build household goods, automobiles, farming equipment, and textiles were put to use building war machines and service goods for the men fighting overseas. While this may sound like a business boom for the industrial complex, it was a shot in the gut. Much of the goods made were manufactured at a fraction of the usual costs, and with so many men fighting in the war, factories were forced to employ women (women were thought to be weaker, slower workers). When the war ended, despite the influx of male workers seeking their old jobs, many of the factories that had employed them had fallen on hard times.
Fast forward to 2013; those factories from the historical Industrial era are still standing – hollow skeletons where an American Dream’s heart and soul used to be. These hulking structures are condemned, dangerous, and marked for demolition. Rather than allow much of the interior industrial goods to fill a landfill, Olde Good Things brings along a squad of skilled salvage experts and we remove the lighting fixtures, the work benches, the doors, the glass, the machine bases, and anything else we can haul away in our trucks.
Industrial chic is a growing trend in interior decorating circles, and Olde Good Things loves providing home owners, designer/decorators, and architectural firms with authentic, industrial items for their design and build projects.
We at Olde Good Things believe that if it can add value, beauty, and history to someone’s home, it shouldn’t go to waste. We believe that “green” is beautiful, useful, and worthy of our time and efforts.
If you’d like to turn your next home remodel or redesign project into a “green” design and build, visit one of our locations to take a tour through our growing inventory.
ANCHOR CHAIN TABLES
In Scranton we sit on two warehouses piled high with vintage glass, picturesque sheets of tin, salvaged wood paneling, doors, glass, and all the marble you could imagine. It’s a designer’s paradise.
In those warehouses we take these raw materials and spin them into altered antiques, pieces that pay homage to the riches of yesterday, but also respect the modernity of today.
Ten years ago, we met a retired Staten Island Ferry headed to the junkyard. Most of the ship had already been cut down for scrap, but we were able to salvage two truckloads of anchor and chain. That week we hauled it to the warehouse.
Why? We love the cool solidarity of metal, the gradients and color of wizened wrought iron, the flecks of original paint and this chain in particular. Called bar chain, each link has a bar running down the center, which keeps the chain from tangling as it drops anchor.
Showcasing these links, tables immediately emerged. Round, square and rectangular with tops of marble, glass, or reclaimed pine, these pieces became dining tables, coffee tables, end tables, display tables for boutiques (Tommy Hilfiger commissioned 200), and even breakfast nook eateries.
We had to get more chain! We found more in Florida, salvaging from a boat in the Miami River, links were four inches wide, six inches long and five-eighths of an inch thick. In all, the trucks carried 80,000 pounds of bar chain to Scranton.
Stocked back up, soon lamps followed tables. Four feet standing lamps or sold in sets of two to cap off a chesterfield, they are the perfect salute to old becoming new.
We are still designing new chain link pieces. Send us your ideas and we will design a piece. Lastly, send us a pic of the piece in your home! We found this chain in a shipyard. To see it re-purposed and posing happily in your living room?! Well, THAT is the missing link.
It’s that time of year-table time. And we thought we would give everyone a sneak preview at some of the new designs coming out of our shop this season. It’s not too late to get your table before the holiday’s, so peruse our web site and take a look at some of these pictures, and help us design the perfect table for you made from reclaimed materials.
One of our favorites this season, is the maple and oak industrial flooring table tops. These have been turning many heads and gaining more interest by our customers. Here’s just a few samples of what we have produced.
Stainless steel screws enhance the rustic, scratched patina’d floor wood, beautifully planed and a special matte lacquer finish applied. These tables are especially popular and can be made to size. Here’s just a few samples:
As you can see, the patina is magnificent:
Also, now available, reclaimed oak from old barns. Here’s a breakfast room table 40 in. wide:
Of course, we are still producing classic reclaimed antique white pine tables, many with extensions, like this six foot variety with 14 inch extensions and brown maple stain.
Here’s one of the most popular white pine tables available, our “urban farm” table with Brooklyn NY cast iron legs in provincial stain.
If you prefer a more elegant finished look, you can always opt for an American black walnut table. Here are two recent custom samples produced in our shop:
Remember, we stand behind all our products and guarantee the craftmanship and expertise to be exactly what you’ve grown to expect from tables manufactured by Olde Good Things. All our tables are hand-made and produced right at our shop in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Take a look at our web site and you will see the many varieties of tables we have available. You can also order your own custom table made from reclaimed and live edge woods, just email us your specifications and we’ll provide a quote for you.