Hi. I have to buy 7 - 2'x2' tables, 2 - 30"x42", and 3 - 24"x48" tables for
a deli renovation. The tables I was looking at buying are in a restaurant
equipment supply catalog, and if you know anything about those, they're just
OK. Basically they are wood grained formica over particle board with "T
molding" i.e. plastic molding around the edges. They come with a heavy
black metal base that you screw into the top, and only cost $30 to $50 each.
They're cheap, sturdy and look OK, but nothing to write home about.
I'm wondering if anybody makes or knows of a good place I can get nicer
table tops. I could even buy the metal base alone from the supply store and
mount the nicer wood tops to it. I can't really use tables with 4 wooden
legs as some of these tables are for booths and others are in tight spaces.
Also, the metal bases come with levelers on the feet, which will be needed
for the slate floor.
The room is going to be a sunflower yellow with multicolor slate floors and
earth-tone suede/vinyl booths. I'm not sure what kind of wood I would like
here, either light or dark, but this seemed like a good place to ask around.
Almost any cabinet shop can make solid wood table tops in your
choice of wood(s). They will be more expensive than the OTS tops;
and may or may not be as vulnerable to vandals.
Location is a cost factor. It would help if you gave us a clue
where you're going to need these things.
Solid surface make great table tops. Refinishable, stylish and food safe.
Some SS manufacturers deliver custom widths if the wait time isn't a
problem. I have made hundreds of these over the years are have been well
received. In the case of a McDonalds, I even used the left -overs to
make window sills.
If the customer can get his/her head around the added cost (not too much
much more than solid wood tabletops) I will walk you through building
them. It's simpler than you think.
Remove BULL from my addy.
It costs more to build your own than it does to buy solid wood ones? Not
sure I understand. I have so many other things going on I'd rather not
build my own, but I do have a little time before I need them if making my
own can come out nice and save money.
I'm all ears! :)
Hard maple should be available at reasonable cost and you
shouldn't have difficulty finding a local shop. If you do have
difficulty, e-mail me and I can provide some NNJ contacts, at
least one of whom can even CNC carve a logo or business name into
your table tops. (I can do that, too, but the shipping costs
would be outrageous.)
You might find looking over web sites like
<http://www.woodworking.org/WC/woodsampler.html helpful in
discovering what you like. Bear in mind that some of the exotic
woods can be fairly expensive - so don't lock in until you've
discussed your choices with whoever's going to build your tables.
I've got lots of butcher block tops in other parts of the store, so I don't
want to use butcher block for tables, but I assume you're just talking about
maple, not butcher block. My booth manufacturer is selling tables now and
they wanted just over $1000 for the 12 tables I mentioned. I still have to
find out exactly what I'm getting for the money though.
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