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My name is Rob and I am a wooden carpenter. I work on producingcustom farm tables & harvest tables. These are high class farmtables for decorating home or making your office or businessdecorating. The original farm tables were born from the very basicneed of settlers to have a place to sit and eat. These early farmtables were very basic indeed, cut from plentiful timber stocks, astowns were formed they needed lumber and grain. These were suppliedby lumber and grain mills, which were more often than not located ona river which provided the power.


Structural timbers were quickly converted to legs and long slabsbecame table tops. Tools were very primitive, so the farm table wasusually long and narrow and basic. Seating was usually a bench or twowhich resembled a miniature farm table. The lumber used, was veryrarely cured or kiln dried. Air drying had to do. For this reason ifyou can find an original farm table you will see inevitably it wouldhave cracks and twists formed as the lumber dried, in the home. Quiteoften the owner would have to cut a small wooden bowtie and cut itinto the table across the crack to keep it from lengthening andwidening further. Antique harvest  tables, in good shape, with this typeof characteristic fetch huge dollars if one can find them.


The most plentiful lumber back then was usually Eastern WhitePine, huge trees with nice clear grain and few defects. Soft and easyto work with it made great structural lumber for farm homes andbarns, but it's naturally soft nature showed the wear and tear ofdaily homestead life when used to build a farm table. Not only wasthe farm table a place to eat, but more often than not it was a handywork bench, baking board, canning of preserves and a place to washthe baby etc.

As towns and villages became more sophisticated, so did the farmtable. The lumber mills added kiln drying and then hard woods totheir offerings. Paints and varnishes became available, imported fromthe East coast by merchants. Legs turned on a lathe, quite oftenpowered by a foot treadle, hand pegged tops with walnut accents allserved to help transform a very basic farm table into an elegantdining table. Oak and maple lumber were utilized by craftsmen toprovide more durable and more refined type  farm table  for theirnewly affluent clientele.


Presently farm tables have enjoyed resurgence in popularity. Theirwarm rustic charm, no matter how old will fit in with just about anydécor from log homes to modernist. Very few furniture pieces areable to transcend time and style as the farm table. The recentbuilding boom which saw many older buildings being torn down forsalvage, made beautiful old slabs of wood, aged in time, available tothe new generation of farm table builder. These old boards have thestructure and characteristics that are missing from modern lumber asthe old growth trees are gone.


Modern methods of cutting, milling, drying and conditioning oflumber has made the building of new farm tables much easier than forour early ancestors. Amateur woodworkers have also been making theirown farm tables, but there is nothing like experience to render justthe right farm table.

While there are many antique dealers selling farm tables you canhave one made by several companies, many of who offer craftsman withgenerations of experience behind them. This experience and clientinput can yield for you the perfect farm table. Imagine being able tohave someone build you a farm table to the length and width you need,from the type of wood you would like with the color and finish ofyour choice"all at a reasonable price.


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