There is nothing you cannot customise with the Les Alpes design. We have a default height of 745mm to the top of the table (and we can change that if you wish). Otherwise it is pretty much up to you. If there is an option we have not thought of, just get in touch. We never charge extra for giving you exactly what you want.
We offer three standard widths. Cosy (760mm) gives enough room for two people sitting opposite each other with more than enough leg room. Ideal if you do not tend to have central serving plates and bowls and serve ‘restaurant style’.
Standard (900mm) tends to be the width most manufacturers go for. There is some room for centre plates as long as they are not too large.
Feasting (1200mm) gives plenty of room for big platters down the middle of the table along with as many wine and water glasses as you can throw at your lavish feast. Ideal for big family dining.
Of course you can have any width you wish. Just pick the size your exact dimension fits within and then let us know at the checkout. Remember if you are going for a waney edge table that there will be some variation in width along the table. We try to go for an average around the nominal figure but if you have a maximum or minimum width or both. Just let us know.
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. Remember that because the trestle attaches around 150mm in from the end of the table the space in front of diners is around 300mm less than the overall length.
The Table Top
All of our table tops are finished in a satin hardwax (but you can have gloss if you prefer). This is beer, coke and water resistant. It also deals fairly well with hot cups but you should use coasters and mats under hot plates and dishes. 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.
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, functional desk or table top 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. There may also be some reinforcing braces on longer tables.
Light Reclaimed Timber
Our light reclaimed timber tops are made from softwood and are between 15-25mm 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. They are also ideal as desktops as they have a more uniform surface than the plywood. This is the ideal option if you are going to relocate the table frequently as it is the lightest of the table tops. Longer Tops may also include some longitudinal bracing
Heavy Reclaimed Timber
Our heavy reclaimed timber tops are very substantial coming in at between 25 and 50mm 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 the outer boards of these table tops to produce a truly unique piece of furniture. Most tables will use three boards between 25 and 50mm thick. Each board runs the entire length of the table. 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. Wide boards, particularly those from near the centre of the tree can be prone to splitting. If we believe 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.