Elm Dining Table

This is a full-circle Logie Timber story, just the kind we love, and one we are fortunate enough to appreciate ourselves.  

In 2016 a huge Elm needed to be felled outside Alec’s house. The whole family stood by as Mark brought the mighty tree to the ground.  

This beautiful (and sadly increasingly rare) tree, was destined for a new life in multiple places. Two of these projects are particularly close to our hearts.  

Relugas Elm drying at Logie Timber

After spending a year or two drying in the sawmill yardduring which Alec’s wife Jo remained sceptical that such a mighty piece of timber may ever materialise into the long-promised dining table, she was surprised and delighted when one day it appeared milled and two perfectly book-matched 3.9m long pieces were brought into the house to dry to the moisture level of the room where it would soon find its permanent home. 

Alec would by no means claim to be a furniture-maker, but he was keen to make this table himself. He and Jo came up with a plain, clean design that they felt would best show-case these beautiful slabs of Elm. Alec learned how to join the two pieces with biscuit joints, sanded it to perfection, pondered over corners to be bevelled or otherwise and decided to leave the natural knots and gaps in the wood unfilled as they sit in the middle of the table and contribute to its story. The boards were so big we couldn’t work out how we’d get the table into the house so he had to build it in situ!

Alec making Elm table

Alec is a mechanical engineer and an inveterate car-tinkerer who has always loved working with metal, so we decided on square-profile steel legs which he welded and cleaned up and are easily strong enough to hold the weight of the Elm. The square base means less pressure on the floor too.

steel frame legs of Alec's Elm table

Nothing like a deadline to focus the mind, so Jo got rid of the existing dining table just before all the extended family were coming for Christmas 2018 Alec had to get it finished! The Treatex Ultra Hardwax Oil was barely dry when they sat down to eat but the table was beautiful. 3 years on, it is of course still going strong, although showing a few marks of family life. But that is the beauty of wood, we can give it a light sand, the preferred two coats of Treatex (rather than the one that was achieved before the Christmas deadline) and it will be as good as new. But to be honest, the odd wine mark is a reminder of times when you could have a table full of friends, so maybe the tidy-up won’t happen just yet. 

Alec's elm table laid for Christmas

The light over the table made by Yellowbroom in Logie ash is a lovely addition. 

Another chunk of the tree, became a beautiful coffin, made by Alec for his grandma at her request.