The Merchant's Table

Suffolk Oak Trestle Table - Jim Parsons


SUFFOLK OAK TRESTLE TABLE by Suffolk Chair Maker, Jim Parsons.

The Merchant’s Table commissioned Jim Parsons to create an exclusive Suffolk Oak and Ash Trestle Table and Legs, made with local wood using historic hand-crafted techniques. The desire was to create a flexible table for use within the heart of a home - a dining table; a desk; a display table.

Two table tops of the same size and 2 x pairs of trestle legs can be placed together to form a square table. (2 x Table Top 1 would make a 140cm square table; 2 x Table Top 2 would make a 160cm square table; 2 x Table Top 3 would make a 180cm square table.)

Jim Parsons is a Suffolk woodworker who was born in Snape and has lived along the Suffolk coast all his life. He handcrafts beautiful furniture from locally sourced woods and can identify where each tree grew.

The Trestle Table Top is designed to fit with the Suffolk Ash Cupid Trestle Legs, or can be bought as a separate table top for you to pair with your own legs.

Solid Suffolk Oak Table Top is constructed of three boards to ensure a stable, level surface and the whole top is secured simply and very effectively with only copper nails, no glue.

Table Table Top Size: No.1: 140cm x 70cm

Table Table Top Size: No. 2: 160cm x 80cm (This size is on display in our Woodbridge shop.)

Table Table Top Size: No. 3: 180cm x 90cm

The design works equally well within a contemporary or rustic home. 

The table tops are made from a majestic Oak which fell in Polsted and the legs are Ash from Thorington. The top is constructed from seasoned Oak boards, with a subtle tactile ripple, held together with Oak braces secured purely with copper nails and rivets.

Jim uses a variety of traditional techniques almost all involving hand tools. Curved components are steam bent, legs spokeshaved and the back spindles made using rotary planes. He shapes the seat by hand with a special plane which he made for the purpose.

Suffolk Ash Cupid Trestle Legs by Suffolk Chair Maker, Jim Parsons.

SOLID SUFFOLK ASH CUPID TRESTLE LEGS The ash legs are shaped by hand with a spoke shave. The bow of each trestle leg is steam bent and secured with a spoke and wedge.

The legs are designed to fit with each of the optional size table tops or sold separately for you to use with a top of your own.

The design works equally well within a contemporary or rustic home. 

Trestle Legs Size:  56cm x 70cm

The Trestle Table Top and Legs are shown here with Jim Parson's Suffolk Settle and Bench.

Please note, the table tops and legs are made to order, please allow 2-4 weeks.

We aim to make ordering from us as straightforward as possible.

Once your online transaction has been completed your order will be confirmed by email within 24 hours. If your order is placed on a Friday, or over the weekend, your item will be shipped within 3 days from the Monday.

Using Royal Mail our shipping rates are calculated based on the estimated weight and size of the items. 

You have the option of First Class Delivery (which cannot be tracked), or Tracked delivery ( to enable you to track your package through all stages of the delivery process)


Please allow 3-5 working days for delivery in the UK. In most cases it will be less.


We do ship outside of the UK and are delighted to do so, but we ask you to email,, so we may give you an accurate shipping cost to your destination.

Any customs or import duties are charged once the parcel reaches its destination country. These charges must be paid by the recipient of the parcel. Unfortunately, we have no control over these charges, and cannot tell you what the cost would be, as customs policies and import duties vary widely from country to country.


We recommend contacting your local customs office for current charges before you order, so you are not surprised by charges you were not expecting.

Please be aware that your parcel can be also delayed by customs and subsequent charges can be applied. We have no control over this, and cannot supply any details why or for how long your parcel will be delayed.

If you wish to return a purchase please notify us at

If you are unhappy with our products in any way, they can be returned provided they are in saleable condition.

If you wish to return your item and receive a full refund items need to posted/couriered back to us within 7 days of being received by you.

Please note refunds to Debit/Credit Cards normally clear in 1/2 days after receipt of the returned goods.

Returns received outside the above time frame will not be accepted. For all returns you will be required to arrange and pay for the return of the products to us.

We will only accept returns provided the goods are received by us in the condition they were in when delivered to you.


Please returns items to: 

The Merchant’s Table
10 Church Street
Suffolk IP12 1DH


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In the market town of WOODBRIDGE, SUFFOLK, on CHURCH STREET is a double fronted Georgian shop, fronting a 16th Century merchant’s house. Within this beautiful building, layered with merchant’s tales and trading, we opened The Merchant’s Table.

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