WoodenWhaleWorkshop

Wooden Whale Workshop

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania · 663 Sales

WoodenWhaleWorkshop

Wooden Whale Workshop

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 663 Sales On Etsy since 2014

5 out of 5 stars
(129)

Announcement   Custom Farmhouse Tables, benches, headboards, buffets and more locally handcrafted using reclaimed barn wood, hard woods, or live edge slab woods.

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Last updated on Feb 27, 2017

Custom Farmhouse Tables, benches, headboards, buffets and more locally handcrafted using reclaimed barn wood, hard woods, or live edge slab woods.

Amanda Wynkoop

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Amanda Wynkoop

Farmhouse Table with Thick Spindle Legs
$700.00
Farmhouse Trestle Table
$700.00
Farmhouse Trestle Table
$700.00
Reclaimed Barn Wood Farmhouse Table
$500.00
Farmhouse Table with Thick Spindle Legs
$700.00
Farmhouse Table and Bench
$650.00
Trestle X Farmhouse Table and Bench
$900.00
Rustic Industrial Pipe Leg Table
$750.00
Farmhouse table with Cast Iron Machine Legs
$1,000.00
Parsons Style Reclaimed Barn Wood Table
$550.00
Farmhouse Table with Antique Spindle Legs
$600.00
Trestle Farmhouse Bench
$225.00
Thick Spindle Leg Farmhouse Bench
$300.00
Farmhouse Table with Reclaimed Barn Wood
$500.00
Farmhouse Table and Bench
$650.00
Farmhouse A Frame Bench
$225.00
Reclaimed Barn Wood Farmhouse Bench
$150.00
Reclaimed Barn Wood TV Console
$1,500.00
Trestle X Farmhouse Bench
$250.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(129)
joseph shanahan

joseph shanahan on Feb 22, 2017

5 out of 5 stars
Tara Cunningham

Tara Cunningham on Feb 5, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Updates

A peak behind the scenes. Photo 1.
My beautiful daughter and I chat over coffee most days when she gets home from school and before her crazy brothers charge in off of their bus an hour later. I treasure this peaceful quality time with her ♡

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Trestle X Farmhouse Table with Reclaimed Wood
$650.00
Love Terri's photo of our rustic industrial table! How can it be that all of our customers have the most beautiful homes?!

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This table makes my heart beat faster ♡

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About

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.

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  • Amanda Wynkoop

    Owner

    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. ;)

  • Greg

    Owner

    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!

  • The Kids

    Inspiration

    And these maniacs are our why.

  • Ike

    Eater And Sleeper

    Ike serves no business purpose, he's just the coolest dog in the world.

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Last updated on Jan 4, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Care instructions

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.