Furniture For Dining Areas
A Gallery Of Completed Custom Furniture

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Dining Room or Area?

Dining areas can be a problem, especially if you don’t have a specific room for the purpose. Today, dining areas are often shared with kitchen or a family room or even outdoor areas. Family dining patterns may differ from meal to meal. Families may dine together always or only occasionally. So, dining furniture may be used for everything from pickup meals to homework to formal dinners. The way your family thinks and feels about dining will guide your choice of casual or formal arrangements and furniture.

If you have a separate dining room, you may have a broader choice of furniture styles and materials. A more formal approach opens up possibilities for elegance in line and richness of materials you might not want in an informal, multipurpose dining table, for example.

Tables

Start by thinking about the largest number of people you will want the table to serve. How much space will you allot for each diner. Two feet is common. This will tend to sort out the type of table you need; single or multiple pedestal, trestle, four-legged. Your room size will point toward a shape. Will a round, oval, square or rectangular table work best in your room? Boat shape often works best for more than six diners. You need at least three feet from the table edge to the nearest wall or other furniture, to allow for chairs to move in and out and for serving space. Perhaps you need an extensible table with leaves. There are several possibilities for the way leaves are stored and deployed.

Imagine giviing a party at your table. Are the guests opposite each other close enough for easy conversation and to pass dishes across? Will you keep serving dishes on the table or at a sideboard?

That brings us to a decision on style; Country, Farm, Period? If Period, Regency, Danish Modern, Art Deco and so on. French, Chinese, American Shaker, English, Baroque influences can all be considered. One of the pleasures of furniture built for you is developing a design that feels right and expresses your personal taste.

A choice of wood and a choice of finish open up rich possibilities. There are pros and cons to the use of solid wood versus veneers. For example, solid wood is subject to movement, veneers open up unlimited design possibilities. In terms of finish, there are choices between Oil & Wax, Lacquer, Varnish and others. Each has its advantages in terms of strength, beauty and repairability. And, the decisions do not end for there are choces between open or closed grain, filled or unfilled grain. For all of these choices, a master craftsman’s knowledge and guidance is a great support.

Chairs

Chairs are the hardest working pieces of furniture in the house. They are like a moveable sculpture that must be strong enough to handle substantial weight, twisting, tilting and general banging about. The first question about dining chairs is probably, how many do you need? A chair is a complicated construction so handmade chairs tend to be expensive. Sets are likely to less expensive because some parts can be roughed out in gangs although final fit and finish is individual.

People have great expectations and demands of chairs. They have to be comfortable enough to spend two hours propped up in. One chair does not fit everyone. Should they be upholstered or not. Thickness of upholstery? Lumbar support? Moveable cushions or pads? Are armchairs more desirable than side chairs given the space available? Then, the question of style arises. Do you match the table style or choose a complementary or similar style. Here again working with an experienced designer and craftsman can make a big difference in your experience and in the result.

Storage and Service Furniture

Well designed storage and service furniture can make the dining experience easy and smooth. Look at how much of your dining service needs to be next to table. Consider the flow from kitchen to service surface to table. Will you serve to table or from a sideboard? Do you have fine pieces that you would like to display. A glazed hutch may be the answer. As you think through the dining process, the form and size of your storage and service furniture will be clearer.

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Pine Hutch

Japanese Black Pine, Ebony pulls

48”W, 76”H, 20”D

Solid wood construction throughout including back and drawer bottoms. This Hutch or China cabinet and the accompanying sideboard were built from a tree brought down by the wind in the client’s front yard. I supervised the milling and dried the thousands of feet of lumber from the massive tree before designing and building these custom pieces in 1983.

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Lewin Trestle Table

Norfolk Pine

84”L, 44”W, 30” H

A table built for a couple from their backyard Hawaiian trees! While looking for the appropriate lumber for this dining set a windstorm felled the timber needed in the front yard! The choice was obvious. The design reflects the clients desire for simple organic shapes.

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For more information, call (808) 878-3626 or click to email Peter Naramore

Fischer Chair

This chair is a straight reproduction from the Hawaiian Furniture and Cabinetmakers book by Irving Jenkins. I scaled the photograph and created patterns from the one image which required a good deal of educated guesswork. The original was built by Wilhelm Fischer in 1850.

*See notes on Pine Hutch and Lewin Trestle Table.

Pine Sideboard

Japanese Black Pine, Ebony pulls

72”L, 17”D, 32”H.

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O’Connner Table

Koa

72” diameter, 30” tall.

This Table was built from a single cant (section of a log) of koa to maximize grain match and uniformity of color. The 14” wide veneered, pie shaped sections that form the top are banded by a thin black koa inlay and outlined by quarter sawn sections. The original design is reminiscent of the Arts and Crafts era.

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This cabinet was designed to showcase wood. The top is a single 18” wide plank while the door panels are also fashioned from single width boards held proud in their frames in an original concept I call “reversed raised panels” The drawers are built entirely of solid stock The design is slightly Asian in its elegant simplicity.

Ewing Buffet Cabinet

Koa, Macasser ebony handles

72”W, 33”H, 18”D

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Built for true lovers of wood, this table was made from four 18” inch wide planks. The four splayed legs are comfortably placed far from your knees regardless of the number of diners. The chairs with their excellent lumbar support, are an original design conceived to complement the simple table and buffet cabinet.
Ewing Dining Set

Koa

70”L, 44”W, 29”H, two 15” leaves, six chairs

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A pair of these chairs is available for purchase in the Kingswood Shop. For more information,
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Koa Chair With Upholstered Seat And Back

An excellent dining room chair, also available as a side chair without arms. Upholstery padding is firm, appropriate for two hours or more of continuous sitting. Excellent lumbar support in back.

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Upholstered Armchair

38" H X 22" D" X 24" W

Koa and base fabric of muslin. A custom design originally conceived to accompany a desk. It can also serve as a side chair or dining chair.

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Round Table with Four Chairs

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Currently for sale in the Kingswood Shop

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roundkoatable Round Koa Table


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Chevalier Table

 

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You can reach us at:
Peter Naramore
The Kingswood Shop
8900 Kula Highway
Maui, HI 96790
Phone (808) 878-3626 Fax: (808) 878-3626
Email: peter@peternaramore.com
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© Peter Naramore 2004