large table farmhouse kitchen

Table Talk

very long live-edge slab table with chairs in country home

One of the great experiences in living a human life is sitting down to a great meal with your favorite people. You’ll have to do the cooking (or pick up a bucket of chicken), but we can make the table.

We have crafted single tables for homes…

…and multiples for restaurants.

We can make the whole table: wood base and top, but if you’d like to supply your own base we can just make the top (and attach it, if you’d like).

We have rustic, reclaimed, contemporary, and organic live edge options. We can use just about any wood species in any grade that is available to us.

Often, our customers send us inspiration images of table designs they like or textures and colors that inspire them. Then we work through the details as the vision comes together.

Aside from the fun part, of determining how you’d like your table to look, here are some general guidelines on how to figure what size table may work best based on your unique needs:

  • number of guests: to sit comfortably it is recommended that each guest has 24” – 30” width and 15″ – 18” depth
  • width:
    28” – 30” offers no serving space (settings only)
    36” offers room for a little décor or some serving space, for example, candles and wine
    42” is comfortable for family-style serving
    48” and over can be hard to pass across
    54” is for formal dining

If you’d like seating on the ends it is recommended to add 15” – 18” to the length.

  • height:
    standard table height is 30” total
    counter height is 34” – 36” (good for bar stools)
    Please consider that a chair seat is usually about 18” high.
    Also, 7” of vertical space between the chair seat and the tabletop is typical.

Be sure to consider the width of your chairs to be sure they will fit.

To easily move around the table a minimum of 36” is recommended, 42” – 48” is even better.

There are options on protective coatings. Polyurethane offers the most durability. Stains affect the color of the wood.  VOC-free oils are natural and beautiful but do require a bit of maintenance and care.

We do make benches, but not chairs, as well as other kinds of tables, like coffee tables and conference tables.

A custom table made by Excelsior is a beautiful, durable, investment piece that could become a family heirloom. We would be delighted to help make your home and meals extra special.

Check out a few of the restaurants we've worked with!

Spalted Maple Tables

Tables for La Cabañita

Colony Tables


bluecashew has been curating a culinary lifestyle aesthetic in the Hudson Valley since 2005.

Their space is accented with our custom wood elements ranging from reclaimed rustic shelving and rolling butcher block carts with walnut tops, to the hemlock canopy suspended overhead in the kitchen area where they regularly hold cooking classes.

Their attention to style, quality, and functionality is what makes the experience of shopping there such a joy.

rustic kitchen island

Rustic Island

Here’s a quick look at an Island that was made with reclaimed hand-hewn beams and live-edge black walnut for the top and shelves.

Do you have an idea you want to bring to life?

We provide our customers with personalized collaborative service.

herringbone cherry flooring in living room with fireplace

Color Variations in Wood

Sapwood is the part of the tree just under the bark. I think of it as the circulatory system of the tree. It delivers water and nutrients from the roots to the crown. The heartwood is the center of the tree underneath the sapwood.

Often sapwood is lighter in color than heartwood. Walnut is a dramatic example of this, as is Cherry and Western Red Cedar. Check out the beautiful, natural color variation.


walnut hardwood flooring color variation


cherry herringbone floor close up detail

Western Red Cedar

clear cedar color variation

Some species have less contrast in color from sapwood to heartwood. Overall, they are more consistent in color but still exhibit lovely variations, some examples are white oak, ash, and Eastern white pine.

White Oak

white oak flooring showing color variation


ash flooring in empty room with window

White Maple


color and knots in pine boards

Each species and tree is different. Many factors contribute to color variations like altitude, soil PH, climate, and injury to the tree.

Have a look at the variety in color that nature provides:


Red Balau/Batu

close up of a section of red balau/batu decking

Western Red Cedar

color variation of cedar boards

A few species can be selected and milled to help decrease color variations (like hard white maple and walnut) but most are not offered this way. Selecting the right species and coatings (stain, polyurethane, oil) is an important step in creating the appearance you desire when working with wood.

Excelsior is happy to help with this process. Please give us a jingle or send us a message anytime!