Farm tables are popular because their simple design shows off the wood and its natural markings. They can be traditional, modern or contemporary. If you need a large dining table, read on to learn about how Maryland Wood Countertops creates handmade tables.
What Defines Farm Tables?
- Size: These tables accommodate six to eight people.
- Shape: Farm tables are generally rectangular.
- Seating: Traditionally, there are no chairs at the table’s ends, making serving convenient.
At Maryland Wood Countertops, the wood species we use is up to you. You can also decide what type of legs or base you prefer. Your table can have plain legs, decorative carved legs or a handsome cast-iron base. Our award-winning design team will show you various wood design options to help you achieve the perfect look.
History and Dining Tables
Farm tables are based on homemade tables people previously built when the kitchen was the main room in the home. Large families needed large tables. Counter space was a luxury, so people also used the tables to prepare meals.
Builders used rough-hewn wood to make farm tables. At Maryland Wood Countertops, we make it possible to still get that natural wood appearance in a smooth, hand-finished tabletop.
Using Reclaimed Wood for Farm Tables
Many clients choose farm tables to bring their reclaimed wood ideas to life.
A reclaimed wood dining table is perfect for a restored farmhouse or a rustic home. Reclaimed wood often has prominent knotholes. It also has other natural markings, like a prominent grain and even visible rings from old-growth trees. A reclaimed wood tabletop offers a scent of history each time you sit down to eat.
Reclaimed chestnut is our most popular salvaged wood for kitchen tables, island tops and countertops. It can have golden brown, honey colored or warm chocolate brown tones. Its striking grain, numerous knotholes and unusual color variations tell a story about the tree.
Using New-Growth Wood for Farm Tables
Walnut is by far our top new hardwood for dining tables and kitchen surfaces. Walnut’s range of shades allows it to blend in or stand out in your dining room. Flat grain construction is the industry term for building a surface from multiple wood planks. This construction style really shows off walnut’s colors and grain.
Oak is another hardwood suitable for tabletops. Like the rest of our hardwoods, it doesn’t need stain, just a protective finish. While using stain during the finishing process is up to you, we feel that the wood’s natural beauty is best appreciated unstained.
White oak blends beautifully with darker hardwoods, as does maple. Contrasting hardwood enables you to see the natural qualities of each wood.
Maryland Wood Countertops is excited to show you the possibilities of custom farm tables. Call us today at 443-840-7373 to speak to a designer about your perfect table.