Once you have worked through all the possibilites for table insets and have made your selection, you will need to choose a frame. All our insets are available with a frame 2″ wide by 1.75″ thick (Deluxe) or with a frame .5″ wide by 1.5″ thick (Budget). These frames can be painted or made from maple, ash, cherry, mahogany, walnut or knotty pine. Please note, custom sized frames are also available upon request.
Deluxe 2″ wide table frames can be routed to a variety of different edge profiles (bullnose, eased, ogee, waterfall, etc.). Look over the Profile chart on the next page to determine the edge profile shape that suits your project.
We can also lay veneer to the edge of a table, creating a look very similar to solid wood. Veneer to edge tables are limited to a Thin Eased profile (see figures A, B, & C below for a drawing). These tables may have a solid wood edge or in the cases of exotic veneers, a veneer edge.
Designer Frames: For thirty years, we at Table Topics have prided ourselves on leading innovation in quality and design concepts. We are now offering veneer frames with unusual, designer shapes around the inset. These frames allow you use exotic woods which are not available in solid form and traditional woods in an innovative way.
We are currently offering 20 different veneer frame patterns (see pg 16). The only available edge profile for this style of table is thin eased–a slight round-over on top edges and corners.
Standard size is 1.5” thick and 3” wide at the maximum depth. Custom sizes are available upon request.
Species: We recommend the following veneers for veneer frames:
Classic: Pine, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut (all above quartersawn, unless otherwise requested)
Exotic: Tiger Maple, Anigre, Plyboo, Birdseye Maple, Zebrawood, Red Oak (Quartersawn), Rosewood (Flat Cut & QS), Sapelli, Lacewood, Pecan, Aromatic Cedar, Teak (QS), Grey Lacewood, Macasser Ebony (FC & QC), Wenge (FC & QS)
Choose from the shapes below. Be sure to specify both shape and grain pattern when placing your order.
Veneer to Edge: With their solid, clean lined appearance, veneer to edge tables work great for establishments with modern styling.
Edges: When you order veneer to edge tables—designer veneers frame or inset to edge— you must decide how you want to treat the edge.
Solid Wood Edge: When exotic veneers are applied to the inset of a table, the same species of solid wood is often not available for the frame. In this case, you must select a compatible solid wood (pine, ash, maple, cherry, mahogany or walnut). Remember, although we cannot alter the grain pattern of wood, we can stain a solid frame to match your chosen inset.
The edge on this style table is thin eased. To get an idea of the appearance of the edge, see figure A.
Veneer Wrap Edge: If you want veneer on the edge, there are several options. With some veneers, it is possible to wrap the veneer around the corners. See figure B (over). This technique cannot be used with highly figured or flaked woods because they are too brittle. Talk to a customer service representative about wood species proven to work with this application method.
Veneer Square Edge: When veneer cannot be wrapped around the corner, it must be applied separately to each face. The corners on all tables must be rounded, .25” minimum, in order for finish to properly adhere to the surface. This roundover exposes a small bit of the material underneath. If, as is typical, MDF is the substrate, a small line of MDF will be visible along the corner and top edge. If your table is being stained, these edges will be stained along with the veneer, although they may appear to be a slightly different colored if the veneer itself has strong natural coloration. See figure C.
All of our tabletops are protected by Acralyte. Please read about the features of Acralyte on page 5.
Bar Tops: We can also construct custom bar tops. Specify your bar top with the inset/ frame pattern in the same way you would a table. We do not offer gloss bartops.
Below are some rail profiles specifically for bars.
Frame Review: A review of table frame options.
Standard 2″ wide by 1.75″ thick Frame
- Profiles: Bullnose, Eased, Waterfall (for additional fee) Fillet Bullnose, Bevel, Modern Ogee, Euro, Wing, Reverse Bevel, Hand Hewn, Classic, Double Bead
- Materials: Pine, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut, Painted Edge
- Finish: Full Filled Acralyte (Gloss/Satin), Open Grain Acralyte (Satin/Matte) for some Insets, Open Grain Frame (Satin/ Matte) with Full Filled Acralyte Inset
Budget .5″ wide by 1.5″ thick Frame
- Profile: Thin Eased Only
- Materials: Solid Pine, Ash, Maple, Cherry, Mahogany, Walnut, Painted Edge, Exotic Veneer on Edge
- Finish: Full Filled Acralyte (Gloss/Satin)
Select 1.25″ thick, No Frame
- Profile: Eased
- Materials: Plain MDF, Stained MDF, Painted, Veneer
- Finish: Acralyte Select Satin Finish for Digital Insets
Designer Veneer: 3” wide (variable) by 1.5” thick
- Profile: Thin Eased
- Materials: Classic and Exotic Veneer
- Finish: Full Filled Acralyte (Gloss/Satin)
We can also construct tables with plastic and metal T- Mold Edges.
Bar Tops: 3-3.5″ thick with Frame
- Profile: Bullnose, Spill Proof Bullnose, Eased, Chicago Rail, Beveled, Hand Hewn
- Materials: Solid Wood, Painted, Self Edge
- Finish: Full Filled Satin Acralyte