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Description of Textures

When ordering any reclaimed wood product all boards will vary in terms of texture , character and evenness of each board.   If you are deciding on a particular texture preference it will be important for you to understand what to expect in the finished product.   Please read this section carefully as this may make a difference in what texture you select.  The texture you select will have a direct impact on how long we leave the boards in the planer and how flat or cupped your boards will end up.


Now offering tables made from new maple. This is an excellent choice for smooth, painted and high gloss finishes.   Priced out the same as old oak. Orders for maple must be called in.


Smooth textures do not imply that there will be no nail holes or other areas in the wood that have seen “damage” from previous use.  The boards we use in the construction of our products are reclaimed boards from century old domestic structures.  “Smooth” texture implies that the boards will be sanded down more sufficiently – the end result being flatter boards/less cupping and many of the superficial marks will be sanded off.   Smooth texture is an excellent desk surface or where you want a greater degree of board evenness.


A medium texture preference will be sanded down less than “smooth”  and will have a degree of *cupping  and more evidence of its history left in the boards than does a smooth texture.    Expect to see nail holes, board cupping, and pegs that have been used to fill damaged areas.   You may see some saw marks left in the wood however these will  be less noticeable than our “rustic” textured wood.

*Board cupping is a natural occurrence in old wood.  Should you be want a flatter surface it will be important to order “smooth”.


When orders are placed with a “rustic texture preference” our builders will make certain to keep the boards as close to the original condition that they were found.   While the finished product will be smooth to the touch something ordered “rustic” will have cupped boards, saw marks ( you can opt to have them removed), nail holes, possible wood pegs and board unevenness.  We do not have control as to where any of these imperfections may be in any given board and will not consider any of these characteristics to be grounds for return.  While extremely family friendly tables, rustic textures are not recommended if you prefer a flat surface.  Easy to maintain, a rustic texture will most easily blend in any new blemishes that are likely to happen with daily use.