Bleached oak wooden table tops. What is our secret?

by | Sep 13, 2020 | Design, Furniture, Handcraft, Product, Woodwork

Tables with bleached tops are an highly delicate and sublime addition to the interiors. The color of the table top can perfectly contrast with the darker surroundings or, on the contrary, complement bright and minimalistic interiors. If you are curious how we managed to achieve the effect of white oak we invite you to read this article.

The inspiration for SFD to develop bleached tops was the desire to recreate the natural color of white oak wood (Quercus alba). This is a naturally occurring tree in Northern America, characterized by a beautiful color and wood rarity. In Europe, it is hard to find and quite expensive. So we decided to achieve a similar effect with the use of durable European oak wood and a suitable wood-dye.

natural white oak wood

Natural white oak wood

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Bleached oak wood dining

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BASIC FEM bleached oak wood dining

The process of creating a top for tables like BASIC FEM or BASIC FYRA in the initial phase does not differ from regular tops in natural brown wood color. The top is made of oak boards glued together and then cut and sanded. The main difference is that the wood is soaked in wood stain – a special white pigment – before oiling. It penetrates quite deeply into the structure of the wood and permanently stains it. The final step is the application of several layers of natural wax oil on the prepared top, which protects and preserves the wood.

BASIC FYRA bleached oak wood dining table

BASIC FYRA bleached oak wood dining table

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BASIC FEM bleached oak wood dining

What are the differences between black painted and black stained tabletops?

The wood stain penetrates deeply into the structure of the wood so that it will not so easy spruce off or fade like paint. It is also possible to spot renew the stained table in case of damage. In order to restore a painted table top to the state before damage, it is necessary to de facto repaint the whole thing from scratch. Another advantage is the unique structure of the wood and natural discoloration, which the stain shows. Such a worktop also ages beautifully which gives it a unique character.

BASIC FEM table at our customer`s home in Kent, UK.

BASIC FEM table at our customer`s home in Kent, UK.

BASIC FEM table at our customer`s home in the Schweinfurt, Germany

BASIC FEM table at our customer`s home in the Schweinfurt, Germany

We invite you to read also : 

How to properly oil wooden furniture?

Oiled or varnished wooden table top? Learn the main differences.

Black oak wooden table tops. Let`s learn its story!

In case of any further questions do not hesitate to contact us

Artur Bieńko
SFD Furniture Design

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