Like all our furniture, our benches are completely customisable. We have a standard height of 435mm (and we can change that if you wish) which works well with our standard table height (745mm). The width is 280mm though this can vary a little dependent upon the type of top, length, etc. Otherwise it is completely up to you. If there is an option we have not thought of, get in touch and we will be happy to provide a quote as unique as your idea.
Our frames are based upon and perfectly complement our tables.
The Les Alpes frame provides a simple trestle. Unlike in the table version, the trestles are bolted rather than clamped to the top and it all folds down neatly in case you need to store it away.
The Appennini is a lovely elegant design, the diagonal braces are at a very satisfying angle matching the table’s design and making for a wonderfully strong and stable bench.
The Atlas is all about strength. The tubing for the bench is a size down from the table at 34mm diameter but the solid full length frame will support anything thrown at it (or sat on it).
You can choose from one of our standard lengths or specify your own. Just choose a size above the one you require and let us know the exact length at the checkout. To make your seating as flexible as possible, we recommend splitting benches for larger tables but you may find it works well to have a full length bench on one side of the table and two smaller ones on the other. We can of course make them to any length you like just contact us for a quote if it is a little outside our standard range.
Not too surprisingly our range of bench tops matches our table tops. They are finished in a satin hardwax (but you can have gloss if you prefer). This is beer, coke and water resistant. It wipes clean and is pretty resistant to scratching. It doesn’t like furniture polish though. If you want to use the table outdoors, let us know and we can use a UV protective outdoor finish. We recommend that this is replenished on an annual basis. If you are going for outdoor use we can also advise as to which woods will last best.
We use 24mm hardwood plywood reclaimed from construction sites. Great for the environment and means that you get a piece of wood that has a great patina. We make sure it is a great surface by ensuring any significant dents or holes are filled and the surface is sanded to a beautiful soft finish before the edge is rounded over and filled. The surface can sometimes be slightly rippled but not to the extent that you will have wobbly plates or nodding wine glasses. On longer benches we double up the thickness in the centre for strength but the impression is still of an elegant light structure.
Light Reclaimed Timber
Our light reclaimed timber tops are made from softwood and are between 25-50mm thick depending upon application and what gems we have unearthed. These tops are generally bonded using a continuous tongue and groove to keep them flat, allow smaller sections to be used and create an aesthetically appealing surface. They tend not to have quite as much character as our heavy table tops but we do make sure they are interesting. This is the ideal option if you are going to relocate the bench frequently as it is the lightest of the tops. Longer Tops may also include some longitudinal bracing
Heavy Reclaimed Timber
Our heavy reclaimed timber tops are very substantial, coming in at between 40mm and 70mm thick. They are generally softwood and come from the construction and transport industries. We aim to retain as much of the character that the wood has developed in its former life as possible. Large voids are filled with glass clear epoxy resin to give an excellent flat surface whilst providing a window to the underlying surface (as shown in the gallery).
Waney or Live Edge Timber
The waney or live edge of the timber is preserved on both edges of our benches to produce a truly unique piece of furniture. Most benches will use boards between 40 and 70mm thick. Each board runs the entire length of the bench. Large voids are generally filled with glass clear resin or if they are somewhere unobtrusive and the surrounding wood is strong enough, they can be left open. Boards from near the centre of the tree can be prone to splitting. If we believe that this is a possibility we insert butterfly joints to prevent the split from spreading, either in a contrasting hardwood such as reclaimed Iroko (as in the picture gallery) or an off-cut from the same board. Being Chilterns based, our favoured timber is, perhaps unsurprisingly, Beech but we generally have stocks of Oak, Sweet Chestnut, and Sycamore. Once you have placed your order we will be in touch to provide you with options for your table but do contact us in advance if you have something specific in mind. Our Waney edge tables sometimes take a little longer to produce than our normal ten working day turn around, but we will agree a completion date with you when you place your order. Contact us in advance if you want to check possible completion dates for your specific requirements.