The first step is choosing wood from a log with a lot of character.

We lay out the rough panels side-by-side.

We draw the locations of the borders and inlays on the table face with chalk.

Choosing wood for the Movingui and Rosewood borders.

Cutting the borders by hand with a special router.

Clamping the borders in place using a special glue.

Using a special bit to route the inlay channels.

Hand work with a wood knife to prepare the channels for the inlays.

Inserting the ebony and maple inlay with a special glue.

The raw top is completed and shaped with a special hand router and bit.

Now we turn the table over and attach the curved mahogany plywood corners, sides and trim. Next we attach the American made metal slides, latches and mounting plates. Followed by a special undercoating.

Now we begin the prep work for the top with filler and sanding.

Now we begin a 21 step finishing process that includes oil stains and toner to get just the right color.

The finishing process includes multiple coats of lacquer to get the desired effect.

The final stages of the 21 step finishing process include hours of compounding and polishing by hand to get a “three dimensional” appearance as you walk around the table. We allow each step in the finishing process to naturally air dry. This takes time but gives our customers a superior finish. The finishing process can take up to three weeks, but it’s work the effort.

We can work with you to design your own custom table. We can modify one of our standard designs to fit your needs or we can make a one-of-a-kind custom table for you.

Here are some of the options to choose from in designing your custom table.

  1. Pedestal vs. Leg Table


  2. Shape
  • Rectangular
  • Rectangular with radius corners
  • Rectangular with scalloped corners
  • Boat shaped
  • Square
  • Square with radius corners
  • Round
  • Round with perimeter leaves
  • Other
  1. Size of Table and Number of Leaves
  • Length
  • Width
  1. Wood Species for Field (main part of the table)
  • Swirly Crotch Mahogany
  • Cathedral Mahogany
  • Straight Grain (quarter sawn) Mahogany
  • Other
  1. Number and Type of Borders
  • Swirly Crotch Mahogany
  • Cathedral Mahogany
  • Straight Grain (quarter sawn) Mahogany
  • Ribbon Cut Mahogany
  • Satinwood
  • Movingui
  • Santos Rosewood
  • Walnut
  • Burled Walnut
  • Zebrawood
  • Tulipwood
  • Yew Wood
  • Other
  1. Number and Type of Inlays
  • Ebony (black)
  • Maple (white)
  • Ebony and Maple (black/white)
  • Tulipwood
  • Chevrons
  • Checkerboard
  • Other
  1. Edge
  • Reeded
  • Flat
  • Thumbnail
  • Rounded
  • Other
  1. Apron/skirt
  • Standard Recessed Skirt
  • Perimeter Skirt
  1. Number and Type of Pedestals
  • See Pedestal Section for a wide variety of pedestals
  1. Color
  • Natural
  • Medium Brown Mahogany
  • Red Mahogany
  • Dark Brown Mahogany
  • Old English (very dark brown/walnut color)
  • Other

Disclaimer: No two tables will accept stain the same. Therefore, specific tables can look somewhat different in color even though they were stained the same.

  1. Glazing, Burnishing, and Distressing
  • Glazing
  • Burnishing
  • No Distressing (Formal Look)
  • Very light Distressing (a few cowtails under the finish) (Formal Look)
  • Moderate Distressing (cowtails and pigment spots under the finish and small dings on the surface) (Antique Look)
  • Heavy Distressing (cowtails and pigment spots under the finish, small dings and file marks) (Antique and Warn Look)
  1. Sheen
  • High-gloss Rub and Polished (Formal Look)
  • Semi-gloss Rub and Polished (Formal Look)
  • Semi-gloss Spray On
  • Satin Rub and Polished
  • Satin Spray On (Soft Look)
  • Satin Hand Rubbed/Steel Wool
  • Flat
  • Other
  1. Other Options
  • Fold Down Legs
  • Leaf Storage
  • Medallions
  • Holes Added for Wiring
  • Custom Inlay Lettering in Field (add company logo, initials, Etc.)
  • Other