We offer genuine handmade quality rustic tables. These tables are very sturdy and made of solid wood, weighing around 150 lbs and upwards of 500 lbs for the larger ones. Our tables offer stunning stability and make for great conversation pieces, guaranteed! The legs and/or bases are all detachable for easy moving, and adjustable to compensate for even the most uneven floors. We stand by our work and will warranty the tables against any defects. We offer deliver and assembly within the Chicagoland area and throughout the country.
To build a table, these are the steps and options to go through. The images below help to illustrate each step:
There are various options for the base of your table – either a pedestal or 4 leg design. If you decide to go with a pedestal base, we offer many different types of pedestals for you to choose from. The more popular bases are the belly, single and double post, and the X. We offer different sizes based on preference and table size. We also build a lot of unique table bases, such as altering one of ours or building it from steel. We can also create a new, unique table base designed to match your exact needs.
There are several options for table legs. Standard thick square legs (3.5×3.5) are no additional cost, with the option of upgrading to 4.5″ or 5.5″ legs. On smaller tables, the bigger legs offer a bold statement, but for a larger table (7-8 feet and up) they almost become necessary for a proportional look. Optional turned, tapered, or claw foot legs offer a more elegant and sleek look.
Overhang on table legs: Minimal 1 1/2″ (contemporary look on the left) or Standard 2 1/2″ (farmhouse/traditional on the right). Only an inch difference, but the minimal one has a more contemporary look, whereas the standard is more of a traditional farm house style. This does not apply to flush legs and pedestals where overhang is predetermined. Upgrading to the flush legs offers even less, 3/4″ – 1″. Pedestal tables typically have more, roughly 3-4″ of overhang.
Our tables are all custom built to order, so we can make them any size you like, down to the inch. To help determine the size, the best thing you can do for yourself is to lay a size out in your space with either painters tape, cardboard, magazines, blankets, drop cloths, etc. Give yourself about 2.5 feet around the table, add some chairs if possible, and simulate as if the table is there. This is really helpful in determining the size and flow of your space. If you have an open area, I usually look at that as shared space, so you can encroach on it and might not need the 2.5 feet of room in that area. The 2.5 feet is a comfortable minimal buffer to allow you to pull the chair out, stand in front of it, and sit. I usually try to offer each person 24″ of room at the table. For example, an 8 foot table (96”) will seat 4 on each side, and if you go a bit wider, like 42″, you can seat one at each end comfortably. The same applies for a round table, but typically 48″ is good for seating 4, 60′ for 6, 72′ for 7-8, etc.
When it comes to the finish and color of your furniture, I would recommend choosing from our past work. Look through the various photo galleries or our Facebook page, and if you find something you like, regardless of the design, we can duplicate it and/or adjust the color. I have additional pictures I can send along with samples at our shop, and you can also send samples in to match the table.
A lot of finished pieces are more than just a simple stain. Usually there are dyes, glaze coats, and other details that go into achieving a certain color. The black shadowing/rub offers more depth and detail to the table. Depending on the look you’re after, casual vs formal, certain details work best. Consistent black shadowing around the edges with a rich color is more formal. A lighter to medium tone color with inconsistent shadowing and rubbing out of the black creates a more casual look. Feel free to combine and alter to your perfection.
A Couple Key Points for Tables: It will be a focal point in your room, so you want it to stand out. I recommend either going darker or lighter than the floors. Darker and richer colors have a more formal/contemporary look, as opposed to a medium or even lighter color, which tends to be more casual.
Our tables are tough, due to both the finish we use, as well as the type of wood.
We use Commercial 2 Part Polyurethane on our wood. 2k poly is VERY chemical and water resistant. This finish is what makes our tables so easy to live with and what sets us apart.
We also use some of the hardest wood – hickory and ash. Our wood has no water marks, no heat marks, and is not affected by wine, household cleaners, bleach, gasoline, or nail polish remover.
The degree of distress allows you to give your table a ‘clean’ or ‘heavily worn’ look, as well as anything in between. 0n a scale of 1-10, 1 is clean with no added distress. We select planks that are cleaner and sand out most imperfections. Given the nature of our wood, you still get some of that rustic feel, but it is minimal. A 10 is very distressed, as if the table was made before machinery was available to refine it. There are plenty of saw marks left in, a lot of dents, nail holes and imperfections, overall giving the look of years and years of use. For a minimal distress you are looking at a 2-3, medium would be 5-6, and heavier is 8-10. Most pictures on the site appear to be a 1-3, as pictures don’t capture the distress very well. Here are some close ups to give you a better idea.
The table can look somewhat smooth with no added distress, or can have a more distinct level of “abuse,” such as the nail holes, dents, saw marks and general age acquired imperfections. This is typically on a 1-10 scale, where 1 is clean and 10 is heavily distressed.
Each standard leaf adds about 12″ to each side, so with two you can accommodate one extra person on each side. A 24″ leaf will add seating for 2 with just one, or 4 more with the set. Our leaves attach at the ends, so when they are not in use it is very hard to tell there is anything different about the table. I don’t cut them in half for a drop leaf style, as I believe it weakens the integrity of a solid wood table.
Standard Leaf – 12″
$300 extra for 1 or $450 for 2 Hickory Hardwood
Medium Leaf – 18″
$350 extra for 1 or $525 for 2 Hickory Hardwood
One leaf adds 11 inches. Two leaves will add enough seating space for 2 additional people
Large Leaf – 24″
$400 for 1 or $600 for 2 Hickory Hardwood
One leaf adds 20 inches which is additional seating for 2. With two leaves, a table for 6 can be made to seat 10 comfortably
If you have something unique, let me know! Some of the best designs come from our customers.
Most furniture available today is made from various types of materials or thin strips of wood glued together, but rarely from such large solid wood planks as these tables. It offers great appeal and character, but it is more susceptible to moisture and temperature changes. What this means is that the the table tops will move slightly, minor cracks on ends could develop in dry environments, and the legs or bases might have to be re-tightened. A minimal amount is perfectly normal and we do incorporate a few techniques to minimize it and allow the table to adjust. So if you notice some changes, it’s just your table adjusting to its ever-changing environment. Stability of temperature and humidity is important, so if you have exaggerated fluctuations or are at either ends of the spectrum, the effects could be more pronounced and not necessarily warrantable.
If you order a table with the Flush Legs to the top, keep in mind that you might be able to tell that the top is shrinking and expanding in comparison to the stationary legs. What this means is that the gaps around the legs might change but that’s completely normal as the top adjusts with the seasons.
* A credit card is required to be on file when the order is placed, but will not be charged unless specified upon delivery – Subject to 5% processing fee.
I rarely give perfect scores but Rustic Elements made it easy. I spent a ton of money on our last dining room table from a large big name retail store. Boy did I feel stupid when it scratched just by blowing on it. I mean really, it was a delicate piece of furniture. When we sold our dining room table to the people purchasing our house, I couldn't be happier - I now had a reason to go to Rustic Elements. I found them on craigslist a few years ago and followed their web site. When we were ready, I made an appointment to go out to their shop and see their work in person. It was so exciting getting to pick out every aspect of our table. We LOVE our table and chairs. Scott was patient and answered all our questions. I loved working with someone who was excited about what he does. For around what we spent at that evil retail store (maybe less) we bought a SOLID table that Im sure we could host a dance party on. I love that it's solid wood, no veneer. We went a little rustic but not a ton. Although it will be hard to scratch - if we do make a mark it will just blend right in. They actually got it done a week or two ahead of the scheduled time. Their delivery crew was great, super nice and helpful. We get a ton of compliments on the set. Well done! 5 Stars! A+! Highly recommend.
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