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8 steps to a table with live edges

1, Selection of wood - the first and most important step in terms of design and aesthetics of the final product is the choice of a suitable tree trunk. We focus on selecting trunks with a length of 2500 to 5500 mm, width 600mm and more importantly which are significantly rugged and grained.

2, Sawing- before sawing it is first important to assess and appropriately select the maximum trunk yield while getting visually the most interesting boards The boards are cut to the thickness of approx. 8-10 cm of the full width of the trunk to maintain the natural edges.

3, Drying- Drying is the most important technological step in the manufacture of tables. The boards we use are firstly naturally dried for 1-2 years, and then dried in a drying room for at least 60 days at the temperature of 80 to 180 °C. Drying is a process that mostly affects the final quality of the boards, so we give the utmost attention to this activity and the wood is constantly checked throughout the drying process. During this drying step, the moisture content is decreased to 8-10 %, the board is stabilized in shape and size, the wood-destroying fungi and insects are eliminated and the wood is thus ready for further processing.

4, Storage- suitable storage of dried boards ensure the preservation of their quality after the drying process. Boards stored in racks have sufficient support to ensure dimensional stability and at the same time a sufficient supply of air. Storage shelves offer easy handling, thereby eliminating possible mechanical damage arising from complicated handling.

5, Board shaping- the next step in the manufacture of the table consists of the shaping of the boards itself which forms the top of the table. First, the edges are shaped and the board is milled on both sides to achieve a flat surface and a uniform thickness. If there are cracks on the board it needs to be stabilized with epoxy resin or wood/metal butterfly joints. The board is further rubbed down. Now is ready for the final surface finish, which is coating.

6, Surface finishing- for finishing we use industrially produced hard oil-wax coating, natural mixtures of waxes and oils that we prepare by ourselves or shellac varnish which helps to achieve luxurious appearance. Its application, however, is most time-consuming and expensive. Suitable coating should always be selected after consultation with the customer who specifies exact usage of the table.

7, Manufacture of the base- another step in the production of the table is the manufacture of the base. We usually use glass, epoxy resin, various kinds of metals (copper, bronze, brass) and natural stone. Each base is like the top of the table an original and it is produced only for one single table.

8, Assembling- the table is thus a combination of two mutually separable parts - the top board and the base for better handling and transportation, as in most cases these pieces weigh more than 100 kg.

Before we start to create a new table we first listen to the customer´s ideas and visions, which are later, in the process of table manufacture, transformed into a unique interior furnishing.

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