Story of a Table: First Look!

I told you recently that I am having a custom dining table (and a couple other things) built by David Ellison of The Lorimer Workshop. Well, here are the first photos of my table in progress!
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Since we commissioned the table we discovered that the current batch of lumber David is working with came from an old train station in New England. He dismantled it piece by piece and is now using the joists, floorboards, and other old wood in his custom tables.

Here's what David says about this stage of the process:

The very first stage is picking out the appropriate boards, planing the edges and gluing them together. The three boards measure 38" wide and will be cut to the 8' length. In terms of the width, it is easy to cut down to the 36" wide we talked about, but would you like the extra 2" width?

We promptly told him that, yes, we didn't mind an extra 2" of space at all. More room for more food!

So cool! We can hardly wait to see the next step.

Have you ever had a custom piece of furniture built for you?

• Visit David Ellison and see his tables at: The Lorimer Workshop. He is based in Rhode Island.

First installment in our Story of a Table: Story of a Table: Plans, Designs, and The Lorimer Workshop

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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