As flexible as it is beautiful, this stunning drop leaf dining table was recently hand-crafted in England by a third-generation cabinetmaker. Few furniture pieces offer such a solid combination of quality and function, one that is sure to complement any setting.
An “Old World” drop leaf dining table
From the selection of wood to the techniques used in the making of this exquisite drop leaf dining table, no detail was spared. The solid cherry and yew banding were first carefully selected by hand, and once the yew was inlaid into the cherry, the wood was then distressed using iron and stone implements. Next, the cabinetmaker applied stain, finish, and finally a thick, hand-rubbed coat of wax, which both protects and enriches the natural beauty of the wood. Standard furniture paste wax can also be re-applied to repair and maintain the wax coating. The result is a marvelously elegant dining table that would complement any setting.
Flexible drop leaf design
Often called a loper table, or sometimes even an Irish wake table, this piece offers a great deal of functionality in addition to its hand-crafted beauty. Because it is a drop leaf table, when not in use it takes up very little space relative to when it is opened. At 84″ long, it measures just 23.5″ wide with the leaves down and 60″ with both leaves up. This allows the table to be placed to the side–sometimes against a wall like a sideboard or hall table–serving as storage space or decor until it is needed for dining. Traditionally this has meant that the drop leaf dining table as a design enables the spaces that it occupies to serve multiple purposes (just like bureaus and nests of tables), which was quite a necessity in the small English homes and rooms that would have housed the first drop leaf tables.
Sturdy solid cherry structure
Structurally this table is quite strong. The solid cherry promises to not only grow more beautiful as time passes and a patina sets in, but it will also withstand years of use in the dining room. The leaves themselves rest on strong solid wood supports that slide out from the middle of the table. Lastly the round tapered legs, which end in sturdy pad feet, offer firm and durable support. This table will certainly withstand the test of time–the true measure of heirloom quality antique style reproductions!
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