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Wood Species Guide

Wood Species Guide

When you’re looking for a custom table, whether it be for your dining room or your boardroom, it’s helpful to know what type of wood you’d prefer your furniture to be built with. Part of the beauty of commissioning a custom wood table after all is getting to select your wood species. But with so many options, it can be difficult to choose. 

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Hand-built solid wood desks

Hand-built solid wood desks

Your home office should never feel stale – after all, it’s uniquely yours. Why not bring a little bit of the outdoors into your office with a solid wood desk? After all, having natural wood in your workspace has been shown to reduce stress. 


We saw a need for this, as our own customers were looking to make their offices feel warmer and more welcoming. We also know the infamous back pain, tightness and headaches that can come from having a set up that isn’t ergonomic. So with that in mind, last fall, we launched our sit-stand desk.

 

 

Why a sit-stand desk?


A sit-stand desk is pretty straightforward – it’s a height-adjustable desk that you can choose to sit at, or stand at! 


Sit-stand desks have become more popular in recent years because of the many health benefits they offer. People who sit a lot are at risk of conditions like heart disease and diabetes, as well as weight gain. Constantly getting knots in your shoulders? That might be from sitting at your desk all day. 


Having the option to stand for designated periods of time has shown to give your health a boost and increase productivity. It’s also been shown to improve mood and energy levels. 


Of course, when it comes to building something like this, functionality is crucial. Our sit-stand desks are hand-built with care here in Toronto, with careful attention to the quality of materials and ergonomic design. We think they’re pretty easy on the eyes, too.

 


Customize It


Whether your office is a spacious retreat or a corner in your living room, we can help you build a desk that works for you. We can build standard desks or sit-stand desks. 


Customize your dimensions to optimize for your space. You can also choose from live edge or straight edge, a wide array of wood species, and black or white legs. It’s your workspace, your way.


Our hand-built desks are sustainably built using only Ontario wood, so you can be productive and play a part in supporting a clean environment.

 


Save now on all desks

For a limited time, we’re offering 15% off all of our desks – from sit-stand desks to custom desk commissions. Shop our sit-stand desk or reach out to us about customizations.





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Butcher Blocks vs. Wood Countertops

Butcher Blocks vs. Wood Countertops

You’ve probably heard the term “butcher block”. We’ve seen a lot of confusion around this wording. At some point in time, many people started calling any solid wood tables or countertops “butcher block”. (Not to point fingers or anything, but we’re thinking it may have been thanks to Ikea) There is a difference between the two, and treating your counter the same way you would a butcher block could result in long term damage to the wood. So, we think it’s important to make the distinction. 

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Meet the Kantan, a Japanese inspired dining table

Meet the Kantan, a Japanese inspired dining table

In traditional Japanese home design, there are three things that are given the utmost importance: simplicity, functionality, and attention to nature and space.

These values are so similar to our values here at Son of a Woodcutter that it’s no wonder we were inspired by Japanese furniture design to create one of our newest dining tables. In a traditional japanese home, every piece has a function and simple elegance. This is what we aimed for when we designed the Kantan table, which literally means “simple” in Japanese. This simple beauty was designed to look incredible in any home, bringing balance and a healthy dose of nature to your dining room.

 

 

The Design

Japanese design is clean and uncluttered. The modern base of our Kantan table is what really makes this piece unique, with its clean lines and simple elegance. We’ve used natural wood with a dark stain to bring nature into the home. The Kantan is available in a variety of sizes, ranging from 6ft x 3ft all the way up to 10ft x 4ft.

The Materials

In traditional Japanese homes, wood was used in much of the construction, and much of the furniture was made with wood. Japanese furniture design has always seemed to lean towards a connection with the natural. 

As with all of our furniture, the Kantan is built with Ontario wood making it a sustainable and durable choice. The locally-sourced Ambrosia Maple wood that this table is made of is carefully hand-picked here in Toronto. Ambrosia is part of the hardwood family, and sits at the softer end of the scale. It’s a little softer than common hardwoods like Walnut, which actually improves the way the wood soaks up stains. Ambrosia Maple makes for beautiful satin finishes.

Because Ambrosia maple grows faster than many other wood species, it is a great cost effective option. We’ve also custom-mixed the stain to mimic walnut – a great affordable alternative.

 

 

Want to know more? You can take a look at our Kantan table here.

 

 

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Revolutionizing the Shelving Industry: HOVR and Floating Shelves

Revolutionizing the Shelving Industry: HOVR and Floating Shelves

We’re seeing floating shelves everywhere lately. They offer a clean and stylish way to display your items on your wall. They’re modern, minimal, and a great option for bathrooms, offices and even kitchens. The downside? Without the right support, they sag, droop, and can be a safety hazard. The struggle is real when it comes to floating shelves. 

 

 

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