“How do I care for my table?”
We get asked that question a lot. Our tables are built with love and then sent out into the world – but it doesn't end there. Even once a piece is finished, like most furniture, it requires ongoing care.
The good news is taking care of Son of a Woodcutter's custom wooden tables is pretty simple. Our pieces don’t require heavy maintenance. But keep in mind that they are handcrafted and made of natural wood, so it’s important to treat them with special care. If you follow these steps, you’ll keep your table’s finish looking good as new for years to come.
Our Finishes, and How To Care for Them
We’ve carefully chosen the finishes we use on our products, as well as the companies we purchase them from. Aligning values with quality is important to us. When we build our handcrafted tables, it’s important that the finishes we use are resilient to spills and high grade. And of course, they need to look amazing.
Cherry, Ash and Walnut Custom Tables
We use a natural finish from a European company called Osmo for harder woods like cherry, ash and walnut. Their finishes let the wood’s natural colours show through. They also make sure the colour is protected.
The company has been in business for around 100 years. They know what they're doing and they do it well. 40 years ago, they developed a micro-porous technology. This way, the natural oils and waxes can fully penetrate the wood.
Not only is it food safe, it’s also resistant to abrasions, coffee and even wine and cola!
We were actually one of the first custom furniture shops in Canada to use this product, and for good reason! Their products and principles are in line with our beliefs and our needs. Thanks to Osmo, we’re able to produce beautiful custom live edge and straight edge tables that are built to last.
We trust this brand and have no plans to stop using Osmo.
Note: For cherry, ash and walnut custom tables using this finish, we advise that you avoid heavy spills for up to 30 days after receiving your table. While it’s resilient out of the shop, this natural product can take extra time to cure.
Ambrosia Maple and Pine custom tables
Ambrosia maple is a beautiful wood - although it is softer than many kinds of wood, it’s still considered a hardwood. The natural irregularities in the colours of this wood give it character and special beauty.
We also use highly-durable Pine. Pine is a sturdy wood, with interesting knots and intricacies. It's a classic choice for long-lasting tables.
For these woods, we prefer to use a water-based spray lacquer finish. This finish ensures a beautiful, satin and even table top.
Not only is this finish resilient to major spills, it keeps your dining tables, coffee tables and boardroom tables looking great. That's because it creates a layer of protection on the wood. This product is water-based and low-VOC, meaning it’s better for the environment and perfectly safe to bring into your home!
Overall Maintenance Tips
1. It’s incredibly important that you never use chemical cleaners anywhere on your table. This will destroy the finish. That means no Lysol, no Spray Nine or any bleached products!
2. No matter the finish, we advise that you simply wipe with a damp cloth once in a while. You can also spritz your table with a furniture polish (we use Pledge) every now and then. The same goes for the table legs, bases and frames.
3. Even with all the experience, products and care instructions we can provide, your table is still a handcrafted, natural wood table – which means it should be treated with care!
Furniture that’ll last.
By following these tips, you’ll be making sure your handcrafted table stands the test of time. You really can't beat quality and care. Now you can keep your wood furniture looking as beautiful as the day you got it for years to come!