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How Durable Is Polyurethane?

| James at James+James

Oil-based polyurethane is a great finish for solid wood furniture. It's hard, durable, and scratch resistant. We also apply it by brush so that our furniture has a bench-built look that you can't achieve with a spray finish - which produces an over-perfect top coat. 

We have a lot of families that homeschool on their tables and they need something that's durable for life and not a finish they have to baby or worry about. 

Here a few of our favorite things about oil-based polyurethane:

1. You don't have to use coasters. You can leave a glass of ice water on the table in the summer and the condensation won't leave a water ring.

2. Spills wipe right up. Some finishes used on less durable tables would need to be stripped if you spilled something like kool-aid on them. 

3. The oil-based polyurethane doesn't need to be reapplied and won't dry out over time like some oil finishes.

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Chair Spacing Between Baluster Table Legs

| James at James+James

So you've decided on a Baluster Table, but you need help deciding how many chairs you can fit or what length table you need to fit your chairs? Hopefully this write-up will help. If not, please reach out to our team via phone (479-633-7557), text, email or comment below and we'd be happy to help.

As a general rule, a 6ft baluster table seats 6, an 8ft baluster seats 8, a 10ft baluster seats 10 etc. but it does depend on your chair widths and other considerations. This blog post may help you with general table sizing.

Here's the hard math: With a baluster table the top overhangs approx. 2" on each end and each leg is approx. 5" thick. So if you take the table's length and subtract 14" [2" (overhand) + 5" (leg) + 5" (leg) + 2" (overhand)] you're left with the seating space between the legs. A 72" baluster table, for example, has approx. 58" between the table legs (72" - 14").

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Chair Spacing Between Farmhouse Table Legs

| James at James+James

So you've decided on a Farmhouse Table, but you need help deciding how many chairs you can fit or what length table you need to fit your chairs? Hopefully this write-up will help. If not, please reach out to our team via phone (479-633-7557), text, email or comment below and we'd be happy to help.

As a general rule, a 6ft famhouse table seats 6, an 8ft farmhouse seats 8, a 10ft farmhouse seats 10 etc. but it does depend on your chair widths and other considerations. This blog post may help you with general table sizing.

Here's the hard math: With a farmhouse table the top overhangs approx. 2" on each end, the apron is approx. 1.5" thick on each end, and each leg is approx. 3.5" thick. So if you take the table's length and subtract 14" [2" (overhand) + 1.5" (apron) + 3.5" (leg) + 3.5" (leg)+ 1.5" (apron) + 2" (overhand)] you're left with the seating space between the legs. A 72" farmhouse table, for...

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What Does Filled Knots Mean?

| James at James+James

What Does Filled Knots Mean? Great question! As you've probably noticed, we offer the option on most table product pages for filled knots.

We build all of our tables with solid, real wood. Which has natural and real knots. Some people love the look of the natural open knots on the top of the table, but others would rather have those knots on the top of the table filled. If you select "filled knots" we'll fill any open knot holes on the top of the table with a clear epoxy, so you'll still be able to see the beatiful knots in the wood, but you won't have an open knot hole on the table top.

Here's an example of open, natural knots on an alder table top:

Here's an example of an alder table with the table top knots filled with a clear epoxy:

After the knots are filled with epoxy, the epoxy is sanded smooth, then the stain and top finish are applied. If you have any questions, feel free to call (479-633-7557), text, or email us. You can also comment...

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How Do You Buy A Custom Table Online?

| James at James+James

Even though we've been in business since 2011, we know buying furniture online is a new experience for a lot of our customers and can be scary and confusing. So, we put together this simple guide to help:

 

1.  Determine Right Shape For Your Space: Rectangular, Square, or Round? We've put together a few helpful guides: 

How to Select The Right Shape Dining Table: https://carpenterjames.com/blog/2015/how-to-select-the-appropriate-shape-and-size-dining-table-for-your-space

How to decide between a round or square table: https://carpenterjames.com/blog/how-to-decide-between-a-round-or-square-dining-table

 

2.  Select The Right Style of Table: Which look/table style is best for your home?  

Rectangular Tables: https://carpenterjames.com/store/t/dining/tables

Round Tables: https://carpenterjames.com/store/t/dining/round-tables

Square Tables: https://carpenterjames.com/store/t/dining/square-tables

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Selecting The Right Finish Color - Alder

| James at James+James

Selecting the right wood finish for your space can feel daunting. You want to get it right. You probably already have floor colors, wall colors, cabinet colors to contend with.

Luckily, we build thousands of tables each year and here’s what you need to know to be certain you’re selecting the correct finish color:

Tip 1: Get Inspired

We have hundreds of pictures from past customers in our gallery. 

 

Tip 2:  Order A Sample

If you’re going back and forth between stain options, we reccomend ordering a stain sample or two. You can also return them for a refund less postage.

  

 

Tip 3:  Let Us Help

Our design consultants see hundreds of spaces each year and would love to help you. We’d love to hear about what you’re working to accomplish with your space, look at pictures of your room, and provide finish reccomendations. Simply give us a call 479-633-7557 or email us james@carpenterjames.com.

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Selecting The Right Finish Color - SYP

| James at James+James

Selecting the right wood finish for your space can feel daunting. You want to get it right. You probably already have floor colors, wall colors, cabinet colors to contend with.

Luckily, we build thousands of tables each year and here’s what you need to know to be certain you’re selecting the correct finish color:

Tip 1: Get Inspired

We have hundreds of pictures from past customers in our gallery. 

 

Tip 2:  Order A Sample

If you’re going back and forth between stain options, we reccomend ordering a stain sample or two. You can also return them for a refund less postage.

  

 

Tip 3:  Let Us Help

Our design consultants see hundreds of spaces each year and would love to help you. We’d love to hear about what you’re working to accomplish with your space, look at pictures of your room, and provide finish reccomendations. Simply give us a call 479-633-7557 or email us james@carpenterjames.com.

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5 Tips For a Gorgeous Thanksgiving Tablescape

| Molly at James+James

Thanksgiving is one week away! If you're hosting the big meal this year, we know you'll want your table to be as pretty as possible without taking too much time away from cooking and enjoying your loved ones. Here are five tips to put together a lovely Thanksgiving tablescape your friends and family will enjoy gathering around!

1. Start by setting the table

Make your guests feel right at home by setting your table. While it is fun to break out the fine china, don't be afraid to mix and match dishes for a more electic look.

Break out the cloth napkins for an elegant touch. Pick some up the next time you're in TJ Maxx or Home Goods for a great price!

Here's a handy info graphic from Pinterest as a reminder on how to properly set your table, but remember - rules are meant to be broken wink 

2. Personalize 

Wether you're hosting four or twenty-four, place cards are a wonderful way to make sure everyone is seated next to the perfect dinner partner. Go...

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How tall are counter height stools?

| Molly at James+James

An island is a great addition to any kitchen and the perfect place for a quick bite to eat. Counter height tables are also very popular! If you're looking for stools for your kitchen island or tall table, it can be hard to know what height is apporpriate for your counter height island or counter height table. 

  • If your island or table is between 35" and 37" H, you'll want to go with a counter height stool. 
  • A counter height stool is typically between 23" and 28" from the floor to the seat, with a 24" seat height being the most common across the furniture industry. 


Counter Height Saddle Stools.

Elizabeth Counter Height Stools.

Counter Height Heirloom Pedestal Table with Counter Stools.


Counter Height Square Baluster Turned Leg Table with X-Back Counter Stools

Have questions? Our team would love to help. Just shoot your questions to designteam@carpenterjames.com and one of our design consultants will get back to...

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How tall are pub height stools?

| Molly at James+James

If you're looking for stools for your bar height counter or table, we can help you find the right size!

  • For tables and counters that are between 41" and 43" H, you'll need a pub height stool / bar height stool.
  • Pub Height / Bar Height stools have a typical seat height between 29" and 31" H, with 30" H being the most common seat height.


A Square Farmhouse Table in pub height paired with upholstered bar stools.

X-Back Bar Stools.

A custom bar height table we built for a commercial client.


A pub height Farmhouse Table paired with Double X-Back Bar Stools.

Still have questions? Our team would love to help. Just shoot your questions to designteam@carpenterjames.com and one of our design consultants will get back to you quickily. Give us a call at 479-633-7557 or leave us a comment below!

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