The making of Yew table with black steel legs

For this design, the client's rebuilt 1930ʼs house had a contemporary interior with lots of exposed steel and timber with a large double height living-dining area. To match this space the table was designed to have a monumental industrial feel.

View the finished table

I took the client to visit the timber yard near Grantham to choose the yew. The picture shows the two slabs before plaining, not often can we get this length and straightness. 380 meters long, 5cm thick.

The picture shows the heavy black waxed steel legs being fitted in the workshop. The oiling has enhanced the rich natural colour of the yew which will darken with age.

The positioned outer side of each piece of yew is made wider by adding along the waney edge with further yew, then cut straight for the table side edges and sanded before the first of three oilings.

 

The finished result, dimensions 360cm x 120cm x 74cm H