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Zinc Table With White Trestle Base

Zinc Table With White Trestle Base

Custom Solid Zinc Furniture Built To Order

Great for, tables, kitchen islands, accent tables and even great for the outdoors!  More products and pictures  to come as we expand our line of zinc tops and metal bases!

Information about Zinc

Zinc is mined out of the ground and is one of the most common elements found in the earth’s crust. It is commonly found with other metals and alloys such as copper and brass. About 95% of the zinc that is mined is found in sulfide ore deposits where the zinc is mixed with copper, lead and iron. The largest deposits are found in Australia, Canada and The United States and have been used since the 10th century BC. Zinc sheets have been used in architecture for roofs and facades for decades and are now a popular option for use in the home in the form of tables, counters and sinks, to name a few. Deposits are estimated to be depleted sometime between the years 2027 and 2055.

The zinc we use in our furniture is made of 99.6% pure zinc, is food safe and won’t flake. Zinc plated steel sheets on the other hand, (a.k.a. galvanized zinc), are prone to flaking, as the layer of zinc is often only 3 microns thick. Also, many contain lead and are not food safe. In order for a steel sheet (i.e. galvanized zinc) to be prepared for plating, it is treated with alkaline detergent, washed in acid, and then dipped in a chemical bath containing dissolved zinc. Buyer beware, galvanized zinc is plated metal with a very light spray of zinc powder.  While less expensive, it will not last a lifetime as will pure zinc.

What can I do to slow down change in the patina?

Zinc is a highly sought after reactive metal that develops a natural patina over time. This means the appearance will change and the patina will continue to very slowly develop as the zinc oxidizes. We accelerate the aging process by applying an acid wash finish to tarnish the metal and then apply a clear finish coat to seal in the aged appearance.

As it ages and gets used, the color will deepen and will acquire a coveted pewter gray patina. Food and drink will also create their own pattern of use and will expedite the process of the oxidation and patina changes. If you would like to slow down the patina process, you can occasionally wax your zinc with clear Butchers or Bees wax. 

Is Zinc safe?
Yes, quite safe. Zinc is an important mineral in the human body. It has traditionally been used on Seafood and Oyster Bar tops (presumably for antibacterial qualities). Even though it is a safe material for use in the kitchen, we recommend a chopping block for cutting and food prep.