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