Announcement Custom Farmhouse Tables, benches, headboards, buffets and more locally handcrafted using reclaimed barn wood, hard woods, or live edge slab woods.
Custom Farmhouse Tables, benches, headboards, buffets and more locally handcrafted using reclaimed barn wood, hard woods, or live edge slab woods.
Tara Cunningham on Feb 5, 2017
Really solid, beautiful table and bench! Exactly what I was hoping for! The only con with the whole experience was that it shipped 3 weeks later than expected but, now that it is here I can say it was worth the wait! Pete the delivery man exceeded my expectations too, was thrilled he bolted the base to the table top for me and saved me a tone of time! Thank you Amanda, Greg and Pete!
A Happy Accident
We started this business by accident basically. One day near the end of July 2014, Greg randomly came home with a TRAILER FULL of old barn wood. He had bought it from someone at work with no plans for it. Just because he loves old wood. So I got to work doing what I love- looking at Pinterest for hours ;) And I realized that I REALLY wanted him to build me a farmhouse table for our dining room. So he did. And he didn't like it. He didn't think anyone would like it. But he doesn't spend hours looking at Pinterest so obviously he has no idea what everyone likes. I loved it and told him lots of people would. He didn't believe me so I bet him that I could sell it. I posted it on facebook and on craigslist. Then we left for vacation. While siting on the beach, I got SO MANY responses from people wanting to buy the table! We sold the first one and made plans to make more when we got back. When the orders kept piling up, we started to realize that we could make this into a legitimate business. And as Greg kept working on his technique, he started to really like the tables too- and had to admit that I was right and a genius. ;) From August to December that year we sold 54 tables. We are extremely grateful for every single customer.
And even though he'll never see this because he is a caveman and hates technology, I just want to thank my husband. He is the hardest working man I have ever met in my life. When we started this adventure, his day job was that of a section foreman in a coal mine. He got up at 4am and worked that grueling job for 12+ hours and then went to our workshop and worked for a few more hours until it was about time for bed. Every day. He is a machine.
Since then, as the orders have kept coming (thank you!!), we have been able to hire a little bit of help and Greg also made the huge leap of faith to leave his position at the mines and make The Wooden Whale Workshop his full time job. I can't tell you how this has changed our lives! I am so so grateful to my husband for making my dreams come true, to everyone who has supported and helped us along the way, and to each of our customers. So much love!
Thanks for taking the time to read our story. Etsy is amazing. An amazing community full of amazing people.
Hi! I am Amanda, co-owner of The Wooden Whale Workshop with my husband Greg. While he does all the hard work, I am the customer service rep, marketer, photographer (unfortunately. I swear, I'm trying to work on that!), and part time stainer. ;)
My amazing husband Greg. You'll never hear from him on here because he's a caveman who hates technology ;) Also he's busy building tables all day!
And these maniacs are our why.
Eater And Sleeper
Ike serves no business purpose, he's just the coolest dog in the world.
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- For legal reasons (like paying taxes)
Frequently asked questions
I clean my table with just dish soap and water. Easy peasy.
What type of wood do you use?
We have options for the type of wood we can use for your table. We mainly use either reclaimed pine barn wood, reclaimed oak hard wood, or (not reclaimed) kiln dried maple. You'll have the opportunity to choose which wood type you'd like when you fill out our design questionnaire after placing your order.
We can also get live edge slabs if that's the look you prefer.
How thick are your table tops?
Typically, the actual table top is 1". Then we use a 4" thick apron underneath the table top for the frame.
If you'd like a thicker table top, just send me a message and we can discuss custom options.
What stains do you use?
We normally use Minwax Brand stains. You can see their wood stain options here- http://www.minwax.com/wood-products/stains-color-guide/
If you have something else in mind, just send me a message. We are open to using any stains or paints that we can easily purchase.
How do you finish your tables?
We always finish using polyurethane. Polyurethane is what is most often recommended for kitchen and dining tables because it is so durable. In our design questionnaire, you'll be asked whether you would prefer a matte, satin, or gloss finish. They are all types of polyurethane and all offer great protection.
If you would like to use your table outdoors, please make sure you mention this to us. Besides suggesting that you keep it covered from the elements, we can also use a special outdoor polyurethane to give the wood some extra protection.
Do you have a store I can visit?
We don't have a storefront but we do have a workshop where we build and finish our tables. We welcome customers to stop by and check out the tables we have that are either in progress or waiting to ship out. Our workshop is about 30 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Just send me a message if you'd like to stop by.
Also, twice a year we have an Open House/Pop Up Shop at our workshop- in the spring and in the fall. At these, we have quite a few tables and other items set up for sale that can be taken home that day or arranged for delivery. Greg and I are also always available on these days to discuss custom orders.