"Builders are optimistic about housing market conditions as consumer demand continues to grow," said NAHB Chairman Randy Noel, a custom homebuilder from LaPlace, LA. "However, builders are increasingly concerned that tariffs placed on Canadian lumber and other imported products are hurting housing affordability. Record-high lumber prices have added nearly $9,000 to the price of a new single-family home since January 2017."Canadian lumber tariffs went into effect last year, but lumber prices continued to soar amid high demand from homebuilders as well as wildfires and a shortage of rail transportation. Prices are up over 67 percent compared to a year ago and hit a record high in May, but fell back slightly in June as demand fell off.
These tabletops are milled and jointed between boards to provide a flush seamless look for the entire top. On Knotty Pine wood, like is shown above, you can still make out the boards because the wood grain patterns go in opposite directions, which is a technique to decrease wood movement.
Below is a seamless tabletop in oak.
The classic farmhouse table look comes from having individual boards put together for a timeless look. These style of farmhouse tables have been built for years. You can clearly tell where each board starts and stops, hence that is why they are sometimes referred to as planked.
When making a purchase you can choose which style you like better. Generally seamless tables are easier to clean. But now you know!
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Can you and your dad lift 450 lbs? didn't think so.
Above is a picture of a 12' long Fancy X Table. This client had a very large space for this table, yet on the day of delivery they were still very surprised by how large this table actually was.
The tabletop had to be carried by 3 large and strong men and the top weighed over 400 lbs. by itself. Along with the incredible weight of the table, the table could barely fit through the front door. You see when you have a tabletop this long it doesn't bend. We had to go through the clients landscaping and angle the table at a near 45 degree angle to barely squeeze it in the front door and past the steps. Trust me paying for delivery is totally worth it. Even 6' tables can weight a significant amount of weight, many times over 100 lbs.
Not all company make conference or large dinning room tables
I was recently at a Art & Craft Show in which I had a discussion with a competitor. I asked if they do 10' or 12' tables, in which they replied "hardly ever, in fact, we avoid those orders."
The reason why this company doesn't like to build very large tables is because building a table out of solid wood brings more challenges the larger it becomes. There is a higher chance that the moisture content in the wood is uneven, more bowing, cupping or warping could occur. The wood is more cumbersome and heavy to work with. Many shops are small, and cannot accommodate the space for such a large project. Then there are delivery issues, 400 lbs. is more than a strong man can carry by himself, let along if you have a client helping you. This is why we charge delivery fees, so clients looking to save some money don't hurt themselves when trying to move a heavy table.
The complexity of a 16' table is not twice as complex as a 8' table. It's probably 10x more complex. The wood selection is a huge challenge, the construction, spacing, jointing and the entire build can add layers of complexity that only experience can teach.
Communicating design needs to clients can be a challenge as well. In the picture above there are 3 trestle supports for the tabletop. This additional support in the middle sometimes puzzles clients because they only want 2 on the ends, and not the 'inconvenience of an additional leg in the middle" as they call it. Well it's a pretty good rule of thumb that at about 5 to 6 feet you need support, and once your tabletop goes that long without having support underneath it's inevitable that it will being to bow over time. That would much more inconvenient wouldn't you agree?
This is why we take time to educate our clients, and listen to them
Nearly 90% of all our orders are custom. Cincinnati Farmhouse Tables takes the time to have a solid conversation or many conversations helping to educate and listen to clients desires for their design. This blog as well as our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of our website are intended to help answer many of the frequent questions.
Most of the time clients see something they love and want it built without paying retail prices.
Just remember that commissioning a new design is each specific to you and that taking the time to communicate with me, and educate yourself will help you understand if your design is feasible, and will give you a clearer expectation on your future design.
Thanks for reading if you made it this far. Cheers.
Please be aware that due to the nature of the custom furniture business, we cannot guarantee that the finish of the ordered wood, metal, or product will be exactly as pictured. Imperfections or variations in the grain, color, or sheen of the wood may occur naturally.
As a result, these naturally occurring characteristics of live products are not viewed as damages or defects, which can include cracking of finish at the seams of the tabletop. Please understand that natural wood products do contain a low percentage of moisture content, which will cause the wood to expand and contract throughout the seasons for many years.
Please research more by clicking on the link below, which article is very instructive on this topic.
If you would like to mitigate the tabletop movement inquire about different types of wood we can use that typically move less than say pine and oak. Otherwise, you can expect some movement and cracking in the tabletop, which is normal and is not considered a defect.
Please remember that images of products displayed on the website may differ in color due to differences in the resolution, color setting and brightness of computer monitors.