Our Finishes

Our 100% Natural Oiled Finish

At Eclipse Handcrafted Furniture we love building tough, durable dining tables for every day use, tables that suit the modern family lifestyle. They're tables that can be used and enjoyed by a family without the fear of little marks and scratches getting on it from just normal use. That's not to say that marks and scratches won't occur, of course they will, unless you never use the table nothing is going to avoid that from happening especially over time but the important thing is that the finish on your table allows your table to age 'nicely'.

This very livable aspect of our dining tables stems from two things, one is our unique 100% natural oil finish and the other is the fact that we specialise in using dense Australian hardwood timbers sourced in a very eco friendly manner. Our oiled finish is a totally non coated finish. When you sit at one of our dining tables you'll be in contact with wood, just pure natural wood, not a 'plastic' coating over the top.

A dining table is usually the focal point of any home, everything happens over and around the dining table, meals, cups of tea, coffee or a glass of wine or two with friends, kids doing their school projects, it usually happens right there at the family dining table.

Buying a table with a coated finish is a bit like buying a new car, they look great when they're brand new but inevitably little signs of wear and tear start to appear and over the years that happens more and more and there's really nothing you can do about it, short of sanding it all back and having a new coating applied at some point in the future.  

In very simple terms, an oiled finished dining table will develop a 'nice worn' look  which is something that actually enhances the appearance of the table  whereas a coated dining table will develop a 'bad worn' look over time but how quickly that will occur depends on which coated product was used.   

Or in the language of a trendy designer, 'an oiled finish will allow your table will develop a beautiful worn aesthetic over time'.

The product we are using now requires very little maintenance but we still provide an aftercare kit with each table so any little marks and scratches can be dealt with by using some wax and steel wool if they bother you.

Your dining table will accumulate a 'history' that will be unique to your family and this beautiful aged appearance will be considered priceless in years to come and will be enormously valued especially by anyone in your family.

 
This approach to the way we finish our dining tables and the subsequent long term use a dining table receives marries in beautifully with a centuries old Japanese ideology called Wabi Sabi.

We use real Australian wood salvaged from naturally felled trees on farms to make our furniture or we also use recycled wood from old buildings and with any timber, the bottom line is - we love to 'leave the poetry' in what we make.