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    Sheldon Myeroff founded Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture in 2013 as a way to stay active, do what he loved to do, and exercise his creativity following his retirement in 2018. Little did he know then that the basement he called his workshop would evolve into a 6000 square foot production facility with some of the country’s best designers and furniture-makers – all staying active, doing what they love to do, and exercising their creativity day in and day out. Learn more about Sheldon, his team, and the way they make it all work at Chagrin Valley.
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Wood Options for Custom Furniture, Epoxy Tables, Desks & Countertops

Featured Custom Furniture Made With Hickory

Darker Wood Options for Custom Tables, Desks & Countertops

Designing and ordering your own piece of custom furniture starts with selecting the ideal wood slab for your tabletop. At Chagrin Valley, you choose from hundreds of wood slabs that we carry in our warehouse. These woods are ideal for epoxy resin and wood dining tables, conference tables, coffee tables, or desks. Ohio is blessed with rich and diverse forests that grow a wide variety of hardwood and softwood species. When starting your design, think how the epoxy color plays with the wood color and grain patterns. Do you want high contrast, a match, or something in between? Let's start with a look at some of the darker woods that make ideal awesome epoxy resin river tables and desks:

Walnut: Rich, dark brown hardwood. Ideal for epoxy resin furniture. Strong with a variety of grain colors. Lighter shades of brown available.   

Cherry: Hardwood. Rich reddish color and smooth grain. Popular with customers who order epoxy resin tables. 

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Lighter Wood Options for Custom Tables, Desks & Countertops

Oak: Attractive, open grain. White oak - greyish-brown shade. Red oak - same with reddish tinge. Dense, heavy, durable, stain and scratch-resistant.

Elm: Tough, durable wood. Reddish brown to light tan. Off-white sapwood. Dramatic grain.  

Hickory: Hard and heavy hardwood. Combination of light and dark colors. Rustic look. Light to medium brown color with a reddish hue. Yellowish brown sapwood. Rustic look. 

Beech: Elegant yet dated appearance. Easy hardwood to work with for our woodworkers.  

Maple: Light-brown to reddish color. Durable, dense, moisture-resistant qualities. Good for heavy use. Swirling grain patterns.

Ash: Grayish light brown to reddish color. Strong - excellent for heavy use (i.e. restaurants). Straight grain.  

Live Edge Wood Slabs for Custom Tables, Desks & Countertops

Most of the custom furniture that Chagrin Valley designs and builds make use of the live edge, or natural edge, of the wood slab. Live edge slabs preserve the outside of the original harvested tree to show the outer edges of the visible tree trunk. Chagrin Valley's furniture designers and artisans enhance and showcase the beauty of the rustic natural edges of wood slabs through our planing and staining techniques. The live edges of the slab can either make up the outside edges of a table or desk, or the live edge slab can be cut down the middle, flipped so that the live edges face each other, and then the space between the live edges is filled with epoxy to make a beautiful river table. Our biomorphic furniture uses numerous highly distressed pieces of live edge slabs placed in a puzzle pattern throughout the table and the spaces between the live edge slabs are filled with epoxy resin for both beauty and as a strong bond to hold the slabs together.  


Biomorphic Highly Distressed Wood Slabs for Custom Tables, Desks & Countertops

Biomorphic Epoxy Resin and Wood Furnishings use the natural forms of the wood, its distressed features, and colored epoxy to create stunning statement pieces for any room in the home. Biomorphism is a furniture design movement in which a piece’s form echoes the forms and patterns found in nature. As for Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture’s biomorphic epoxy and wood furniture, the form actually IS nature. The shapes and forms and natural imperfections in the wood are kept intact and inform the look of the finished table or desk. Also called organic, natural shape, natural form, or just natural furniture, biomorphic tables and desks have become a popular offering at Chagrin Valley. The naturally distressed slab or slabs retain their original state, warts and all. This includes gouges, cracks, discolorations, insect trails, bird peckings, rot, knots, burls, and so forth. In nature, these are caused by forces of nature such as lightning strikes, high winds, ice and snow, insect infestation, fungi, and birds. CVCF saw the beauty in these naturally distressed slabs and started using them in our live edge epoxy tables. “Essentially, biomorphic furniture brings nature indoors,” says CVCF designer Sky Ironhorse, a Cleveland Institute of Art graduate in Industrial Design. 

Watch the Journey of Wood Slabs From Forest to Furnishings

In this video, Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture gives you an in-depth look at the time, effort, and skill involved in building custom live edge epoxy resin and wood river tables - starting with the sustainable harvesting of trees and closing with shipping the tables to homeowners and businesses all across the United States. Sheldon Myeroff, President of CVCF, Zach Schulte, VP, and Ed Johnson, Administrator, narrate the video.


00:00 - Introduction

00:15 - Sustainably Harvesting Lumber for Furniture

02:47 - Sawing the Lumber Into Wood Slabs

04:42 - Air and Kiln Drying the Wood Slabs

05:53 - Selecting the Wood Slabs for Your Tables

07:37 - Flattening, Planing & Sanding the Wood Slabs

10:21 - Bringing the Wood Slabs to the Workshop

11:32 - Prepping the Wood for the Epoxy Pour

12:45 - Pouring & Sanding the Epoxy Resin

15:06 - Sanding & Spraying of the River Table

16:18 - Crating the River Table

16:56 - Shipping the River Table

Watch and Learn All About Custom River Tables

In this video, you’ll see dozens of custom-made one-of-a-kind dining tables we’ve co-designed with our customers and show how you, too, can design and order your own original Custom Wood Dining or Kitchen Table, with or without epoxy, online from Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture. You’ll also learn about the options available that go into formulating the design and determining the pricing.   And we give you some ballpark figures on the costs of different types of dining tables for sale. We use Zoom, Facetime, phone calls, emails and texts to keep you fully involved in the design and construction of your custom dining table. We make our dining tables from locally-sourced, sustainably-harvested natural wood, reclaimed wood and live edge wood. You choose your own wood slabs – any species – plus the materials and epoxy resin color. Tell us what style you want – industrial, modern, rustic – you name it, we’ll build it.


00:00 - Introduction

00:48 - Types of Epoxy Dining Tables

02:53 - Styles of River Tables

04:05 - Design Your Own River Table

06:30 - Shapes of River Tables

07:20 - River Table Sizes and Seating Capacity

07:49 - Crating & Shipping River Tables

08:08 - River Table Wood & Materials

09:01 - Epoxy Resin Colors & Effects

09:36 - River Table Bases & Legs

10:20 - Epoxy River Dining Table Prices

11:19 - River Table Quality

11:41 - How to Order a River Table



Reviews From Our Customers

I ordered a custom coffee table and sideboard storage cabinet. The attention to detail and design far exceeded all expectations. I have pieces that will be passed down through generations. The staff is excellent to work and plan with. On both pieces and I now have a cohesive decor. Many, many thanks to Zach and the staff at Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture.

Gab D’Errico

Every step of the process was great. Shel kept me updated on the process. I told them what I was looking for and they found exactly what I wanted. They called me on FaceTime to allow me to see the wood slab and mailed samples of the epoxy before I made the color selection. The end result is AMAZING! I cannot say enough good things about Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture! I would recommend this company!

Gregg Buck

Several months ago I found Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture online. I immediately fell in love with their work! I picked up the phone and called them; Shel answered the phone and after a long conversation he helped me narrow down what I was looking for. Shel then invited me to their facility to see how these custom masterpieces are made. That day I picked out the slabs for my river table. I also worked directly with Zach throughout the process. He was very prompt keeping me up to date on how the table was coming. My table was delivered today and it completely blew my expectations out of the water! The whole process was a world class experience! These are GREAT people to do business with, I would highly recommend them!!

Alex Smith

We looked at a lot of River table websites and YouTube videos before contacting Chagrin Valley. They walked us through the design process and selection of the wood. Since we couldn’t be present for the wood selection we had to rely on them. We wanted the rivers in our area ( Colorado, Roaring Fork, Crystal, and Frying Pan) plus our house depicted. We also wanted our initials as part of the legs. All this was accomplished and I believe we got a beautiful table. The pics I have attached show the table, it’s legs, and the depiction of our house location.

Walter Weathers

Working with this team of professionals and even more, so creative group, was an amazing experience from start to finish. I was very specific about what we wanted for our table and base. If I wasn't completely happy with what they sent, they tried again until I knew it was our dream table. It's a one of a kind experience for a one of a kind table! I wanted to add they sent coasters for doing a review and they are spectacular. Like a lil version of our table. Wow just wow

Beth Ross

My wife and I just finished a dining room renovation project. Working with Zach and his team was an absolute pleasure. To call the folks at CVCF great woodworkers doesn't seem enough. More accurately, they are artists that use wood, epoxy, and technology to deliver custom works of art. Not only is the finished product first class, but the personalized care and top-notch customer service weave together to make a great story, which is a special part of the process. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

Jonathan Epling

I COULD NOT be more thrilled with my resin table from Chagrin Valley Custom Furniture! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the table and I receive SO many compliments from just about everyone that sees it. Sheldon was extremely helpful and personal from the 1st email/phone call. Eric, Sheldon and the entire team was so very helpful and kind! I have been researching and shopping for a resin table for almost 5 years. This custom experience was worth the time! Thank you to ALL!!

Kim Neppl

I'm amazed with the quality and craftsmanship of the boardroom river table CVCF made for us! The first time I talked to Sheldon, he asked me what style of table I was looking for and I told him that I wanted a river table 19' long and 5' wide. I also told him that I wanted it to be made in a steampunk style. He wasn't sure what that was, but boy, did he hit it out of the park with the river table he made for us. It has an industrial style base and an elegant top, and so I call it modern steampunk. It was created for shipment so that it arrived without any damage at all. It's absolutely beautiful! Shel, Zack and all the crew did a wonderful job and were great to work with!

Brendan Ganser

This is the MOST amazing piece of furniture I have ever seen. I was looking for a unique dining room table and searched several high end furniture websites for ideas. I contacted CVCF and they helped me create this masterpiece of Denali from an abstract concept to the final product. I was involved every step of the way. Pictures do not do this table the justice it deserves. I am beyond happy with this company from the communication, responsiveness, professionalism and of course, the finished product.

Jennifer Lombrano

Zach and Shel made me a lovely custom sit/stand desk with drawers and extra wide keyboard tray and matching side table. Everything was done perfectly to the measurements I asked for and Shel picked the prefect wood to match my style. These are perfect pieces that are completely custom.

Lindsey Fowler

We worked with Shel and Zach to design a beautiful custom countertop for a beverage center at our lake house in Texas. We received our delivery yesterday! It arrived ahead of our cabinet construction, so we don’t have completed photos yet. We opened the large well made crate just to confirm all went well with the shipping process. It is stunning, and the workmanship and finish is superb! Zach was a great listener, excellent with follow through, creativity and expertise. Even the FedEx delivery man was amazed. He said, “ I do some wood working, may I touch it to feel the smoothness of the transitions?” The character of the wood, and the finish are just perfect! We can’t wait to see the completed project soon! Thank you so much-we will consider this piece the art in the room! We will add photos when project is completed!

Marjo Richmond

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