Bespoke river tables handmade and how to buy a river table?

Our bespoke river table design service is for you and your home. You tell us what you love about river tables, its style and colours, and our designer will design it for you.

On this webpage, we describe the process that we followed when we worked with our customers. As you read through this process, you will appreciate the personal touch and the devotion that we have for your idela river table.

This approach does not suit everbody, and in that case, you are welcome to request a creative design from our portfolio - custom made to your dimensions

Caldecotte Design Studio bespoke river tables

... when you, the customer contacts us to order a bespoke designed piece of furniture for their home.

In order for our future customers can understand how we work, we present here a recent project on how we work with our customers, to create that special and uniquely designed custom made furniture.

We demonstrate how we stay aligned with you throughout the project.

It is because of this proven process, you get for what you are seeking. With no unwanted surprises.

small blue river table
(This picture was sent in by our customer as illustration, and it is not the property or product of Caldecotte Design Studio. We do not copy or imitate other people's designs.)

We've perfected the process to create what you love.

Photos, magazine clippings or hand drawings are sent in to us, to familiarise ourselves with your preferred style.

Here is an image that was sent in to us by our customer; accompanied by the following text:

  • a single blue river down the centre

  • character wood with chatoyant detail

  • would like a transparent blue river, so that when the afternoon sun catches the river, it floods the floor underneath the table in blue light

  • the dimensions of the table

small blue river table with character wood
(This picture was sent in by our customer as illustration, and it is not the property or product of Caldecotte Design Studio. We do not copy or imitate other people's designs. Thank you.)

To sum up the blue river table design requirements

This photo is of a blue river table made in-house. Made with English Yew, it has a transparent blue river table. Which the customer liked and on which we agreed to make.

Thus far, this is what we were able to ascertain from the customer:

  • Transparent blue river in a marine blue, not metallic

  • Single river along the centre line of the table

  • A meandering river, with waney edges

  • The table dimensions came in at 2.6 metres, and 1 metre wide and 74cm high.

  • So now we had a river feature and dimensions. Now it was just the timber - waney edges and full of character

  • Now the hunt was on for the perfect piece of timber. We phoned timber merchants and saw mills to gauge what was available. And from the design requirements and our designer impressions, we could visualise the perfect timber board.

yew blue river table

The search is on for the ideal wood for the river table

We start searching for the ideal timber board and material for your bespoke designed furniture

This is the photo of the raw material as it was sent to us from the sawmill. This is English burr oak. This board was wider than 1 metre and 4 metres long, 54mm thick.

(please bear in mind that these boards are not straight, and getting a final thickness of 80%+ is a feat in itself.)

A deposit is usually requested from the customer at this stage.

Final payment is paid on delivery to your home. But we will keep you posted throughout its creation.

burr oak slab board 54mm thick 4 metres long

Looking for perfect layout

We arranged the two pieces to get the most aesthetically pleasing combination.

But this straight edge disrupted the meandering blue river effect, so we rearranged the timber to …

This was the final configuration of the two pieces of timber.

burr oak board configured for a blue river table

Final layout

We finalise the bespoke friver table design

This was the final configuration of the two pieces of timber.

After machining and sanding the two board sections, both were clamped down to avoid lifting when the resin was poured. (as kiln dried wood is buoyant in liquid resin).

The detail of the wood burrs are now evident. And the river has a more meandering look to it.

burr oak 54mm thick 4 metres long

Blue river table for entertainment

This photograph was taken after the final pour, and before sanding and polishing the resin.

To gauge the transparency of the river blue, this table was resting on two planks which were on a pure white surface. Therefore the river looks lighter than that of the photos taken in the customer's home.

english oak burr character blue river table

Sanded, polished and oiled river table

After the final pour. And before sanding and polishing the resin.

The table before final cleaning. In this photo, the table top was sanded, the river polished and the wood oiled with high grade furniture oil (eco friendly).

The detail of the wood burrs are now evident. And the river has a more meandering look to it.

polished and oiled oak burr blue river table

Delivering your blue river table

Table delivered to the customer. We use a furniture moving operator. (With several additional hands, as this table weighed in at 147kg).

Photo of our bespoke river table design sent to us from our customer. They seem very pleased with it. And their bespoke river table design that was featured on Grand Designs.

bespoke design - 2.6 metre oak burr blue river table on grand designs

What our customers sat about our river tables

An absolute A-class service from start to finish.

Paul took all of our likes and turned them into a table that was so far beyond our expectations - the table is incredible, we could not have asked for better in any way.

Paul is a perfectionist and has ensured everything is of the highest standard. The before, during and after sales care has been incredible and we couldn't ask for any more.

Thank you so much Paul

Michelle Turner

bespoke river table design - 1.8 metre oak burr - struck by lightning, metallic black resin river table