Factory made dining room tables can be very elegant and aesthetically pleasing. My dining room is home to a steel and glass table that looks as modern as modern can be. And yet, I often remember the table I grew up eating on. It was a custom-made wood table my older brother made for my mother as a birthday gift.
There is something special about a custom-made dining room table that cannot be replicated in a factory. I know this to be true because my impressions of the family table isn’t limited to that one piece. There is another custom-made dining room table in my family, a table that comes from my wife’s side.
This table is considerably older than my mother’s table. It was handmade for my wife’s great-great-grandmother. That makes it more than a hundred years old. I have no emotional attachment to it given that I never knew its original owner. But the table is still special to me because it was handmade by someone who truly cared.
Factory Made Is Impersonal
Look, I have nothing against factory made furniture. It serves its purpose. A factory-made dining room table is a functional table the family can eat at. It might also be a beautiful table made of quality wood and finished brilliantly. But it is still impersonal. It was still made largely with machines, by workers who did not know who its eventual owner would be.
Perhaps not knowing the owner makes the difference. If you don’t know for whom you are building a table, you’re not investing anything personal in it. On the other hand, designing and building a dining room table to a customer’s exact specifications results in something completely different.
Getting to Know You
Imagine you live in Salt Lake City, and you are looking for a custom-made dining room table. You contact Modern Craftsman to get the process started. The craftsman who actually builds your table will meet with you first. He will get to know who you are and what you are looking for. He will seek to understand your definitions of functionality and aesthetic beauty.
Once that craftsman knows you, he will set about designing and building a table you will love. Hopefully, he will keep you in the loop every step of the way. You’ll be able to work with him to steer every aspect of the project.
Building a Part of You
My older brother was by no means a master woodworker when he made my mother’s dining room table. But being her child, he knew her intimately. All of us kids did. We knew what made my mother tick. We knew what she liked and didn’t like. My brother built something perfectly suited to who my mother was. That table became a part of who my mother was.
My wife tells me that her great-great-grandmother’s table was a similar deal. It was made for her by someone who knew her very well. And according to other relatives, the table perfectly epitomizes who this woman was. I never knew her personally. I did know her daughter and son. And of course, I know her granddaughter. The table really embodies all of them to some extent.
Few pieces of furniture speak to family the same way a dining room table does. Maybe that’s why custom-made tables are so exquisitely unique. Perhaps that’s why they mean so much to those who own them. If you would like a piece of custom-made furniture that will be special to your family for generations to come, make it a dining room table.