We love wooden table tops - they are robust, last for ages, look better with a bit of wear and can be made to match pretty much any interior design scheme. Solid wooden tops are warm, wear well and may be re-sanded to remove the wear and tear marks. This is our guide to most common types of wooden table tops.
Floor Boards and Engineered Flooring:
Floor and engineered boards look identical to solid wood and are now commonly used to make table tops. They are an alternative to veneer and generally the preferred option for heavily used tops, as the material is thicker (15mm–20mm) than veneer (0.6mm–2mm); which means it can be sanded back and reused if need. The only difference between the two is how they react, floor boards are made from solid wood cut to single pieces of timber and can react to moisture or heat, where engineered boards are made from several layers of wood pressed together and therefore tougher and more durable.
Laminate literally means layered. A laminate is a sheet material glued to a cheaper, wooden core. What appears to be a single layer is actually a number of even thinner layers of which one is the colour or pattern.
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wooden table top manufacturers Laminates and veneers tend to give a smoother finish and are less likely to split than solid wood as they do not warp. This also makes them an ideal option for adding metal edging. Note that as laminates are produced in sheets there will be size restrictions or joining lines for large table tops.
The core of a laminated or veneered table top can be MDF (Medium Density Fibreboard), plywood or chipboard. Chipboard is the least satisfactory option, as it’s a poor fix for screws connecting the top to the base and should be avoided for this reason. It may also be worth considering moisture resistanant MDF for outdoor purposes as MDF will expand when wet; even indoor tables are susceptible to moisture through the edges.
Table Top Heights
Always consider the total height of a table which has to combine the height of the base and the thickness of the top. In extreme circumstances the central underside of wooden tops can be routed to reduce this height, however, typically table bases are cut down to achieve the required overall height. See our blog on table heights for more information.
Max Table Top Size
Solid timber tops can be made up to 3600 x 1600mm in size, but more often than not, it is not be possible to get a top of this size on to site. For this reason and the sheer weight of the material, large table tops are manufacture in two sections, which can be joined together on site given the appearance of one top.