Most solid wood & stone table tops can be finished with your choice of edge profile. Our guide below shows many of the most popular table top edge profiles.
Edge profiles can be customised within reason. Adding this subtle difference can make an impactful impression on diners.
Solid Wooden Tops
Most solid wooden table tops can be finished with a choice of edge profile, with many of the most popular shown opposite.
These edges are created using wood routing tools and the profiles reflect the shapes of these tools. Some of these profiles are limited to maximum 30mm thick tops and can not be achieved on built down edges.
Tip: Rounded edge details tend to be less vulnerable to damage.
A natural-looking alternative is a Waney edge profile, available usually with Oak. A Waney edge is the outside cut of a log, with the bark removed. Available on square or rectangular tops and always on two edges only.
Veneered and Laminated Wooden Tops
The edge of a cheaper core can be left visible and finished in the above profiles. Laminate with a plywood core works particularly well as it is both hard-wearing and attractive.
Laminates often have ‘self-laminate’ edges, usually to match the top. However laminated edges are easily damaged and will only work if the depth of the edge is at least 50mm and give enough glue area to stick properly.
A hardwood edge (HWE) is a good option if you are trying to achieve a natural look for a fraction of the price of a solid top. Hardwood edges are typically oak, ash or beech. This starts at 3mm thick and continues up to 25 or more. The type of wood can match the veneer or laminate wood effect or be contrasting – say walnut or iroko.
For the edge detail to be visible from above, opt for ‘edge on last’. This is where the edge is fixed after the top is glued to the core. This has the added benefit of stopping chipping.
Built-down edges make a top appear thicker. It makes for a lighter and cheaper table than a solid wood top, but also avoids the need for a base to be shortened (cut-down).
ABS/PVC edging is possibly the most durable option and is available in various sizes and finishes to match laminate colours or wood effects.
Rubber/ edging is available in black only and is used on tops that get moved or prone to heavy knocking.
Edges can be finished independently to the core and therefore can be played with and used in contrast to top finishes.
Download the full Furniture Knowledge book for diagrams of the above edging options.
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The current trend is to have metal banding to the edge of tops, as shown above. The most important thing to know about metal edging, is that it should not be applied to solid wood tops, as wood tends to move naturally and this movement can cause the edging to come away creating gaps.
Metal edging is usually fixed on by glue and small nails at the join. The screws will be panhead or countersunk so they sit flush and don’t scratch. The thickness starts from 1.2mm to 5mm max. Having sharp corners/radius may dictate what thickness can be used.
Different metals can be uses such as brass, copper & blackened steel. Overlay edging is expensive as it requires fine craftsmanship and is therefore time consuming. Inlayed edging can only be achieved on square tops. To prevent rusting, a clear lacquer is applied to the surface. Download the full Furniture Knowledge book for more images of edging options available or read our blog on types of wooden table top to learn more about table materials. If you're ready to browse tables, click furniture in the menu above or view our coffee table product picks here.
Further furniture reading
We have many solid wood table tops and samples on display at our Hammersmith furniture showroom. Please get in touch with our friendly and helpful team by calling freephone 0800 8494 135.
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