Archive for the Stone Table Top Category
Before shipping a custom designed table, our artisans assemble the table and make any adjustments necessary to make sure all the parts fit together perfectly.
For this oval conference table with brushed steel base and granite top, the process took artisans Rob, Bart, Mace and Brian almost three hours.
Granite is a very hard and durable stone, making it a popular choice for home and office. Stoneline Designs offers Absolute Black Granite in two finishes, Polished and Honed. Today we’ll look at the Polished finish.
Polished Absolute Black Granite is a glossy finish which leaves the stone surface impervious to liquids and resistant to scratching. It is an excellent choice for high use applications like a family dinner table or kitchen countertops, and also attractive as a formal dining table, conference table or occasional table.
No maintenance is required for a Polished granite table top. To clean the table top, simply wipe off with a sponge and water. Dish soap or window cleaner can also be used when necessary.
Stoneline Designs’ Absolute Black Granite is a deep black stone from Zimbabwe with no veining and consistent coloring. A 1″ sandblasted border and edge detail is standard on all our granite table tops. Standard granite width is 3/4″ thick. Stoneline produces granite table tops in any size up to 66×116″. (72″ width and 120″ length as available.) Larger table tops are built in multiple sections, up to 30 feet long.
Jerusalem Beige Stone is a warm off-white stone from Israel with veining in a sweeping pattern over the whole surface. Our Jerusalem Beige stone has a Brushed finish with a 1″ hand-tooled border detail. The light color and natural movement in the veining pattern make it an excellent choice for a modern office or home.
Jerusalem Beige stone is a medium hard stone and scratching can occur. Therefore, coasters and placemats are recommended. It requires periodic reapplication of Mineral Oil. The frequency of application depends on use; we recommend once every two years for an occasionally used conference table or dining table. A table with heavier use will require more frequent applications.
Our Jerusalem Beige Stone table tops are 3/4″ thick, available up to 60×108″. Larger conference table tops in Jerusalem Beige are made of multiple pieces.
As more and more homeowners create “outdoor room environments,” placing a granite table outside seems like a natural. After all, granite is a durable material, and granite monuments can remain outdoors for hundreds of years. A granite dining table or cocktail table can add the perfect touch to an outdoor living space. There are a few factors to consider before purchasing a granite table for outdoor use:
What is the granite finish? Polished granite is a hard finish which can withstand exposure to the elements. On the other hand, honed granite is much more porous and more likely to stain. Honed granite is not recommended for outdoor use.
Will the granite table be exposed to sunlight? Many granites are treated with a resin to smooth out the surface. This resin is invisible, and as durable as the stone under normal conditions. However, under constant exposure to sunlight the resin will discolor and will eventually create a yellow cast in the granite. Because of this, we do not recommend granite in a location where it will be exposed to full sun.
How much maintenance are you willing to do? Polished granite typically requires almost no maintenance. However, when used outdoors you may choose to seal the granite for additional protection. In addition, if you place your dining table or cocktail table in a shady location to reduce sun exposure, you may find yourself frequently cleaning up pollen, tree sap, bird droppings, etc.
Can the table base be used outside? Be sure that your table base is designed for outdoor use. Direct exposure to the elements as well as the increased humidity outdoors can be a problem. Some metals are more rust-resistant than others; make sure you know all the materials your table is constructed from before placing it outdoors.
Of course all of the factors above depend on your local climate. If you live in an arid region like the Southwest, you will have much more leeway in placing a granite table outdoors. If you live on the coast, salt in the air will be yet another issue.
Black slate is a medium soft stone, appropriate for infrequently used tables such as formal dining tables or occasional tables (End, Coffee & Console Tables). We do not recommend slate for high use applications like kitchen countertops. Due to the softness of the slate, scratching can occur. Coasters and placemats are a good idea to protect your slate table top.
To maintain a slate table top and keep the appearance and color in good condition, periodically reapply the final oil finish used in the sealing process. This is a simple process: wipe on the oil finish, buff with a soft cloth, and wipe off any excess. Frequency depends on use, but we recommend re-applying approximately once every 2 years for an occasionally used dining table.
Stoneline Designs slate is called “Cleft Black Slate” because the stone is split (cleft) to provide a rough, textured surface. Our slate is a black stone from Italy with consistent coloring. A 1″ hand-tooled border detail is standard on all our slate table tops. Standard slate width is 3/4″ thick (an approximate width due to surface variation in the natural material). Stoneline produces slate table tops in any size up to 48×84″.
StonelineDesigns, Inc. creates beautiful office furniture using wood, steel, glass and stone. Our stone topped conference tables are very popular for both home and executive offices. Following are descriptions of some of our most popular types of stone, slate and granite.
We recently created this granite dining table for a client in northern California:
One of the fun thing about being at Stoneline is getting to see beautiful tables take shape from raw materials. Yesterday, our artisan Bart (with help from Mace) cut a boat shaped granite conference table top, 66″ wide x 16′ long, from three pieces of absolute black granite.
The Stoneline Designs team receives a shipment of granite for upcoming conference table orders. In this photo Brian, Rob and Mace guide a granite slab off the truck while Bart drives the forklift.
In this photo, Stoneline Designs artisan Mace sands the beveled edge of a granite conference table. Running water reduces heat from friction, and keeps the sander from clogging with debris. The water appears cloudy due to debris rinsing away from the sanding surface.This granite will be used as part of a multiple piece conference table top, held together with a T-bar in between each piece of granite. Mace stops frequently and measures the bevel against the T-bar, to make sure the edge of the bevel and the edge of the T-bar line up perfectly. This takes time, but ensures a perfect fit and seamless appearance to the finished conference table.