Castle Great Hall Feast Table

I have ordered the top for my table. I have always dreamed of have a big slab table, and I love walnut, how you get the different colors between the sap wood and the heart wood, so it was always going to be a walnut slab table top.

Walnut Slab Today, Great Hall Table Tommorow

Walnut Slab Today, Great Hall Table Tommorow

I got this from Goby Walnut. I’m sure there are other places one can buy a giant walnut slab, but I have not found them. This slab is 4 and a half feet wide and 14 feet long. It should sit 16 people, possibly more if people get friendly. One of the dreams I’ve had is being able to host my whole family for a holiday, parents, in-laws, brothers (I have 3) with their families. Getting everyone around a single table would be special.

14 feet is just about the perfect size for my great hall. Currently in my existing house we have a semiformal dining room (I hesitate to call it formal considering what the kids do to it) and we have a nice 6 foot mahogany inlaid table that can grow with the aid of leaves to 10 feet, and it barely fits with the leaves but it is nice for parties, this slab will be both longer and wider, and it’ll not feel crowded because the room is so large in the castle. It will also be heavy, so heavy it is unlikely to ever be moved. The top itself is 800+ pounds, once the legs are on it’ll go up more.

Sometimes you see these slab tables and they’re finished with a very modern sort of look, ultraflat, ultrasanded, etc. I’m hoping to achieve a more rustic finish, some degree of unevenness on the top (not so much though that cups will be spilled). I am not sure how we’ll finish it, other than not polyurethane. Possibly a penetrating oil of some sort so that the wood continues to wear and age and get character, or maybe a shellac. I like natural wood finishes, polyurethane and similar finishes never look authentic.

I as of yet have not picked out chairs for my great hall. I sort of like these beefy rustic chairs but I could also see going with something fancier like this but in a different color of course. Whatever I choose I am going to need like 20 of them so it will not be a small purchase.


  1. Wow….the top is beautiful!! You have the right idea for finish. The chairs are a bit rustic for me…but love the nailhead look on chair and table. I am so excited for you and family. And thanks for including us on your journey.

  2. Your table is going to be similar to ours! My father planted a seed in our backyard in and it grew into a humongous gum tree over a period of 30 years! My father passed a way from cancer and when my mum went to sell our family home our new neighbors who were building a new house were worried that this huge gum tree would one day fall on their new house (It was solid as a rock but anyway….) We agreed that if they payed to get it cut down, then they could since mum was moving anyway, but only as long as we got to keep every little bit of the wood from it. We ended up with a mountain of fire wood from the smaller branches but we got a portable miller to cut the large logs into slabs for us much like the one in your picture. Us four children, now each have some slabs of our dads tree and I am now waiting until we can move into a house big enough to put our table in which my husband and I will make ourselves :) It is even more special now as my mum also passed away a year ago from early dimension. As for the chairs I was originally going to collect different carved antique chairs, but I have since come across a company called Haunt Furniture that make gorgeous carved chairs and I am thinking of getting their chairs from their ‘The Feast’ set, so I thought I would share, just in case they are to your tastes, although they are fancier than your rustic charm ones which I like too!

    I hope to have my own castle to put my table in one day too, so I am an avid reader and thoroughly enjoying every word you write so keep up the awesome work and I look forward to reading more! 😀 Thank-you!

  3. Beautiful table top and awesome castle! I’m excited to see it coming along. I just built an eighteen foot long medieval style table. Have you thought of using benches instead of individual chairs? I originally was looking at chairs but decided benches would be much cheaper and look great too. My total table and benches (enough to comfortably seat 24 adults) was less than $400 in materials and came out looking amazing.

    • I have thought about benches, but I don’t think they would be as accessible for anyone with limited mobility, or as user friendly/comfortable being backless.

      $400… you must have cut the wood from your own land or something.

      • I actually used construction grade pine from a local lumber mill and stained it a nice deep Cabernet red. It’s knotty and has a lot of character but super cheap in my area of Michigan and perfect for my project.

        I made 4 benches and my thoughts were that if somebody needed special accommodations I could move one bench and bring in backed chairs (or just leave it open for a wheelchair).

        I tried getting some pictures but the table seems to be too big to get the whole thing in one shot. The first picture is 2 benches and half the table. The room is still under construction so disregard the mess : )

  4. nice choice!!! i like the table and chairs

  5. That is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve been following your blog for a while now and am interested in a similar project (building a castle, though now I may borrow your table idea as well 😉 )—would you be willing to share who you used for your architect? Feel free to email me. Thanks!

    • Ishmael says:

      Riverstreet Architecture in Chattanooga. Mostly because when some random person from Michigan called them to ask about building a castle, they returned my call. You’d be surprised at how many people think you’re a crazy person.

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