The Ultimate Way to Customize
“The logo is incredible. Everyone who comes in the room is amazed at how great the table looks.”
At Paul Downs, our experts can incorporate your organization’s logo into your custom conference table. There are four ways to do this: inlaying, where the logo is made up of individual pieces of wood; overlaying, where a printed vinyl panel is applied to the finished wood surface; carving, where the logo is a shaped and colored inlay panel; and engraving, where the logo is burned into the table top.
(Here are examples of conference tables with all of these processes.) Please contact us to discuss your options for submitting your logo. We will recommend which process will work best for you. We need a high quality graphic file to work with – preferably a vector image, but we can also work with .eps or very high resolution .jpg file.
Inlaid Logos: Process
Inlaid logos look amazingly cool and can be made using veneers or laminate. The process starts with the graphics files – we convert them to vectors and separate each logo into all of its component pieces. Then we use our laser to cut them out. Next, they must be assembled by hand. If the logo is complicated, this can take many hours. Here’s Ryan Bardsley lifting pieces for a complex logo out of laser-cut curly sycamore:
All of those pieces then get taped together into the main veneer panel:
Tape is applied to the other side of the logo to hold it in place during pressing. Then the face is flipped and the first batch of tape removed, revealing the logo in its glory:
Next, the complete face is pressed and glued to the substrate. Now it is dead flat and securely fastened to the table top:
Next, we glue the edges on the table and do a whole lot of sanding. When that is completed, the custom conference table goes into the finishing room. We can do any of our finishes on an inlaid logo.
The finished conference table (made for Laxgalts’ap Village in British Columbia) is spectacular:
More on Inlaid Logos
Simple graphics with hard-edged elements work best for logos. The woods used can affect the appearance, so it’s best to avoid highly striped woods in the background. Here’s the Sentry Insurance logo in Anegre (left) and Oak (right):
When woods of the original color aren’t available, we can substitute appropriate replacements. Here’s the logo of the 460th Space Wing, an Air Force unit.
The logo in the custom conference table:
We recently did another cool military logo, this time for the Pacific Air Forces HQ in Hawaii:
And here’s a fantastic logo done for another Air Force unit, the 835th Cyberspace Operations Squadron:
Logos can be very elegant when replicated in an unusual wood. Here’s a detail from our custom conference table for Red Bull North America:
We can use dyed veneers to get colors that don’t occur naturally. There are some limits to what shades are available, but this approach can be very effective:
We can also make inlaid logos from metal. We usually use brushed aluminum or brass, then cut it into a wood background. Here’s an example we did for Burris Logistics:
Their logo is a snowflake. We laid it onto a cherry top. The finished table looks great:
Metal inlaid into a metal background has an interesting effect. Here’s a sample board we did with brushed aluminum letters in a brushed bronze field:
And here’s that scheme as seen in the finished table (one of a set of modulars):
Inlaid logos range in price from $900 up. Price is driven by the complexity of the logo, the number of iterations in the table, and the finish chosen.
A vinyl onlay is a lower cost way to duplicate complex designs with custom colors and shading. We take your graphic file to a sign shop, which prints and cuts the logo onto a vinyl sheet (just like the ones used for truck graphics). We apply that to a wood panel and put a finish over it. The finish adheres very well and matches the rest of the table exactly. This is the least expensive option for logos. It’s the only way we can precisely duplicate logos with shaded elements and non-wood colors.
Here are two views of a vinyl logo that we made for Ross University. First, a closeup of a 24” diameter logo panel:
And here’s a shot of the table in the room, showing the match between the logo we made with the existing branding on the wall, that was done by others:
Here’s a closeup of another vinyl logo, for a US Army unit:
Vinyl logos can be quite complex. They need to be applied under the finish coat, which adds to the cost, but the results can be spectacular. Here’s a table we made for a credit union using graphics derived from printed circuit boards:
Prices start at about $600 and vary with size and quantity.
Some of our clients prefer a carved logo for their custom conference table. This adds depth and color to the logo. We don’t do these in house – they are supplied by sign makers. The example seen here was done by Artsignworks. We fit their work into the table we fabricated for the Marines:
Here’s a closeup of the logo:
Engraved logos are done by burning the image directly into the background with our laser. This is a low-cost way to replicate complex graphics. Here’s an example from a custom conference table we made for 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. The logo is engraved into maple, and enhanced with dye stains:
We also use engraved glass:
Engraving works great on black granite. Here’s a table we did that combines engraved stone panels with inlaid veneer logo:
The pictures are of various airplanes:
One nice thing about this approach is that it’s easy to lift out the tiles and replace them with another image. We usually use a standard 12″ x 12″ floor tile in this kind of design.
Pricing for engraving is similar to vinyl inlays – starting at $600 and varies with size and finish.
If you’re interested in a logo in your custom conference table, contact us today and we’ll help you get started on your design.