Custom Made Dining Tables

An Australian hardwood timber dining table made by Eclipse is a very special and unique piece of furniture to own. Each table made by Eclipse represents the Australian bush landscape. Perfection within the wood is generally not aimed for, although it can be. Every table is different and within the markings a story exists about the actual tree and the tough Australian environment that the tree has existed in. A lot of time and effort goes into each table to create visual harmony through a balance of tone and natural features. Each top is in fact a work of art in itself thoughtfully created by an Eclipse craftsman and the material being used to make it can be beautifully described as 'mothers nature's art'.   


One of the first considerations when buying a new table is how many people would you like to seat and what are the space limitations. ? Aside from the dimensions, the actual design of the table can have some bearing on this, for example, a centrally supported table does not have any legs around the perimeter of the table taking up space where people can sit and certain leg designs allow people to be sat anywhere without any table leg interference.

As a general rule, 600mm per person allows for a comfortable sitting space in a domestic situation on a rectangle-shaped table and a bit less for round tables. An important thing to note here is that there is always going to be a difference between how many people can be sat at a dining table and how many chairs can be tucked in when the table is not in use. Very often two chairs will have to be put elsewhere in the house and brought in when required. The 600mm allowance per person may need to be increased to some extent when considering a boardroom table.

The guide below is based on 600mm per person. It is not based on the number of chairs tucked in when not in use. Width sizes are completely up to you and lengths in 50mm increments also available.

Rectangle Shaped Tables quick reference.
As the number of people gets past the .5 you will be able to squeeze that extra person in.

1200mm in length - 2 people per side --- 1300mm in length - 2.16 people per side --- 1400mm in length - 2.33 people per side.
1500mm in length - 2.5 people per side --- 1600mm in length - 2.66 people per side --- 1700mm in length - 2.83 people per side.
1800mm in length - 3 people per side --- 1900mm in length - 3.16 people per side --- 2000mm in length - 3.33 people per side.
2100mm in length - 3.5 people per side --- 2200mm in length - 3.66 people per side --- 2300mm in length - 3.83 people per side.
2400mm in length - 4 people per side --- 2500mm in length - 4.16 people per side --- 2600mm in length - 4.33 people per side.
2700mm in length - 4.5 people per side --- 2800mm in length - 4.66 people per side --- 2900mm in length - 4.83 people per side.
3000mm in length - 5 people per side --- 3100mm in length - 5.16 people per side --- 3200mm in length - 5.33 people per side.

Round Tables quick reference based on 550mm per person. The curvature in round tables creates more space between each person.
Again this is based on people sitting in chairs not chairs tucked when not in use.

900mm diameter - 5.13 people. --- 1000 dia - 5.7 people.

Please contact us to discuss style and seating arrangements if you're after a table to seat more than 16 people.

If you're not sure what would be the ideal size for a table in your dining room, it can be beneficial to mark it out on your floor with masking tape, allowing at least 700mm space around the table for chairs to be pulled out and for people to be able to move around the tablet with people sitting in the chairs.

Centrally Supported Tables

Generally speaking, centrally supported leg designs are proving to be the most popular design these days as people tend to be drawn to the more contemporary designs and because of the more practical elements associated with not having a leg on each corner.  We are always mindful of not allowing table legs to interfere with the seating capacity of the table. Centrally supported tables can be in all shapes, rectangle, square, round, cigar and oval.


While the guide above is good to help ascertain the number of people you can seat, as mentioned above the shape can also have considerable bearing on seating capacity. The shape of your table should also be related to the shape of your dining room - a square or round table will look best in a space with roughly equal dimensions, while longer shaped tables will obviously work best in more rectangular-shaped spaces.


A round table is by far the most practical for maximising seating capacity within a limited space. Everyone seated at it can easily converse with anyone else at the table, and you'll be surprised at how many people you can squeeze in when a couple of extras arrive for dinner. To work out what the circumference of a round table is, multiply the diameter (in millimetres) by 3.144 and then divide that by 500mm to work out how many people will fit around it. Another benefit is that everyone is 'wedged' in around a round table and everyone is equal in terms of space and comfort. A popular round table design is the Matego table, but there are quite a few other very functional and beautiful round table designs to select from. 


Square tables can also be great to allow guests to easily converse with each other, however, a table at say 1500 or 1600mm square will only be able to sit a maximum of 8 people. We could create a 2000mm square table to seat 12 people, but it would be very impractical in many ways, especially trying to get it into where it has to go.


Rectangular dining tables are certainly the most popular probably because most spaces tend to be longer one way than equal four ways.  And it would be true to say that there are more designs available in rectangle-shaped tables. The biggest drawback for a rectangle-shaped table stems from the fact that people sitting alongside each other in a straight line can really only converse with the people next to them and opposite.

Curved Sides

Adding a slight curve to the sides of (what was) a rectangular dining table can be an excellent way to solve those conversation issues mentioned above.


It would be true to say that the benefits of an oval table involve just about all the benefits of the above shapes combined but to a lesser extent if that makes sense.

Proportions and Style

Depending on your preference for the size of the table you'd like, we can usually change the proportions of various elements to suit the style. For example, if you're after a particularly large platform table, we would recommend using thicker boards of timber to provide a nice substantial-top thickness. On the flip side, if you're after a smaller bakers table, we can scale down the legs and top thickness to suit your overall dimensions. This part of the aesthetics of a table also has some considerable bearing on the price.

Top Thickness

Timber usually only comes in three rough sawn thickness', 25mm, 38mm and 50mm although because of how we source our timbers we do sometimes get unusual sizes'.  Some of the recycled timbers that we get are thicker because they were originally milled as construction timbers.  So generally speaking, we would normally use the middle size thickness, ex 38mm for tables in the medium-size category and the thicker timbers would normally be used for large tables over 2.5 for example. But again this is another flexible aspect of we do however there can be considerable price differences between the different thickness timbers when made up into a table due to the higher cubic metre rates for the thicker timbers.


Our preferred table finish is an oiled finish, but we also offer two-pack and polyurethane finishes. To find out more about these finishes please visit our Finishes page.