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Ace Office Furniture Houston Prepares for 2023

Summary: Ace Office Furniture Houston is a family owned and operated company selling new and used furniture to businesses and individuals in the Houston area, as well as in surrounding states and countries. 

Ace Office Furniture Houston is a family owned and operated company selling new and used furniture to businesses and individuals in the Houston area, as well as in surrounding states and countries. In addition to their ever-changing pre-owned inventory, they represent over 50 manufacturers and can source any other brand a customer might want. Customers can select a single used desk or furnish a 500+ office complex, working with design consultants who can guide them through the process of conceptualizing, designing, selecting, delivering, and installing the furniture. 

According to Kevin Astala, owner, “Because ACE Office is a family-owned business with an interest in the community around us, we have tried to give back by supporting local non-profits, including The 1960 Hope Center, as well as offering discounts to military veterans, religious organizations, victims of natural disasters, Future Farmers of America FFA, and other groups in local schools. One of our employees is given time-off to mentor a student in an elementary school near our business. We plan to extend the reach of the Ace Office brand and provide new jobs and opportunities for community outreach in our three new Texas hub cities.”  These locations include:

Ace Office Furniture Dallas 

Ace Office Furniture San Antonio

Ace Office Furniture Austin 

Astala is a dealer industry member of the American Society of Interior Designers ASID, the International Interior Design Association IIDA Industry Member, and the International Facility Management Association – IFMA Houston Chapter.  He has extended Ace Office Furniture’s brand to include Live Edge Houston Texas which manufactures custom tables, desks, and other furniture created from exotic eco-friendly-sourced wood from around the world. His success through marketing his multiple businesses has created an opportunity to partner with long-time coworker Joseph Dispensa to create Ace The Brand Building Marketing Team known as Ace Brand Builders. Kevin’s passion for self-marketing his business has given him inspiration to provide services to other small businesses seeking to achieve marketing success. His clientele continues to grow through his hands-on approach with local businesses who have seen his proven marketing methods and success.

More information about Ace Brand Builders can be found here:

Astala is very active not only in his community but in internet activity as well. Articles have been written by his team and can be read on their Award-winning Blog on Feedspot “Come Sit a Spell – AOF Blog.”   

AOF Houston has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Awards for Excellence. The company was listed on the Houston Business Journal Fast 100 & Houston INNO Innovation Awards in 2022 for revenue growth from 2019-2022.  The Small Business Expo SBE has listed AOF as #96 on their list of Best of Small Businesses in the United States. The company has received the Bronze Stevie Award Best in Ethics

Kevin Astala has been inducted into the Who’s Who organization and featured in their Millenium Magazine front-page article.  More info in this press release  Ace Astala, co-owner, is a former president of the Board of Directors of the American School of Gas Measurement Technology who retired from the gas industry in 2015 and established AOF. More information about the father and son team can be found below in their social media account links.   

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Though this style of furniture is becoming increasingly common in modern spaces, not everyone is familiar with it. So here’s everything you need to know before picking out your new live edge table.
The term “live edge” refers to the natural edge left on at least one side of a piece of wood.
Rather than the sharp, clean lines in more traditional wooden furniture, live edge retains the natural beauty of the tree. Other natural characters of the wood, such as knots and cracks, are often left the way they are to become beautiful features of the live edge table.
Live edge designs help you bring the outdoors into your home or office, in the form of functional, modern furniture and true art. We are putting the slabs on our USA Agilty Height Adjustable Base made from Detroit steel, which make a great multi use desk and bar height huddle standing set-up.
Live edge tables are handcrafted by our woodworkers who have dedicated years to the craft. The design and Custom LIVE Edge Experience is a team effort for your dream piece come true. The table is cut, sanded, and finished by hand to create a top quality work of art.
Each live edge table is an original, one of a kind piece. There’s a huge number of options when it comes to picking your table including the species, wood cut, colors, and more.
When it’s time to go shopping for your new masterpiece, it can be a bit overwhelming deciding between the various options.
Long gone is the myth that natural wooden furniture only belongs in remote cottages. Live edge tables have an ageless design that will always belong no matter how many times you redecorate your home and are the new modern “natural” design craze.
From rustic country home to modern, minimalist spaces, live edge tables will complement and often become the center of their surroundings.
Wood conveys a sense of warmth and life that will bring a feeling of comfort to the room. The natural flow of a live edge table adds movement to an area full of straight lines and sharp corners.
Live edge furniture is becoming increasingly popular in both home and commercial settings. Check out what your favorite interior designers have been up to and you’ll likely spot pieces of natural wood furniture. We try to work local and have a world class welder and fabricators and in my opinion best up and coming talent in TEXAS. You can always you any approved base from any manufacturer.
Dealers/Designers/Sales Associates contact us or as always a welcome invite hang out in the coolest wood shop in TEXAS (for industry friends it’s a great unique offering to your clients and we’d love to partner, nice finished sample tables, great conversation piece).

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How to make a Live Edge Wood Table

I am very lucky to live 20 minutes from the worlds largest supplier of walnut slabs. So I just drive over to Goby Walnut. If you don’t live 20 minutes from Goby, you are still ok. They have an awesome online store and ship worldwide. They even say that about 60% of their business is out of state. If you don’t want to have something shipped in, that is totally understandable. Check out my blog on buying live edge wood for more ideas on where to find good slab wood from places like Craigslist and Facebook marketplace.
Working on a live edge table sanding prep
You will definitely need your slab to be flat before you get too far into the process. Goby generally just flattens one side and kinda skims the other side. For a small fee, usually around $60, they can flatten both sides for you. As long as the slab isn’t too warped or twisted anyway. If it is, you might want to consider a new slab. Or risk fighting a twisted table for the next ten years. Alternatives to Goby-flattened would be a DIY router sled, CNC, or renting time out from a local shop who has a big planer or wide belt sander. Check out this blog for a little more info on the flattening process.
My most recent table was originally going to be a square edge table. After looking at it long enough I decided to leave one corner with the live edge. It was just a design aspect that seemed pretty unique and kinda cool. So don’t be afraid to step outside of the box. You aren’t necessarily limited to just live or straight edges. Make what you want! Or at least what your wife wants.
One thing I don’t recommend is leaving the bark on. First off, its pretty abrasive and would snag your aunts sweater next thanksgiving. Second, it might crack and fall off on its own a year or so later. So get that bark off any way you can. I like a wood mallet and a dull chisel. Just try not to dig into the actual slab with your chisel. Once you get the bulk of the bark removed you will need to get rid of the little strands and fibers that remain. I really like using my Porter Cable Restorer and a nylon wheel for this. The nylon wont scratch the wood, but will remove all the remaining strands of bark.
Most any decent sized slab will have some cracks and/or gaps that will need addressed. First they will need to get cleaned out though. I use few different chisels, a mallet, a wire wheel on my drill, dental tools, a screwdriver, basically whatever it takes to get down into the crack and break out any loose wood, bark, soil, rocks, or other debris that was trapped in there. In the end you want just a solid wood slab.
I’ve seen some extremely high end tables with big open cracks. It is not uncommon for some designers to leave the gaps open as kind of an artistic choice. I actually like the look too, and will probably do that on the right table eventually. For now I prefer to have a nice smooth top though. It looks a little cleaner and I don’t have to worry about someone spilling a glass of water down a crack that could compromise my table. So I fill all my cracks with epoxy. You can tint your epoxy any imaginable color if you want. Although, I almost always fill my cracks with black tinted epoxy.
Black epoxy in the cracks that have been sealed with clear epoxy
If you are going to tint your resin black (or any other color) I highly recommend sealing the crack with a clear resin first. The tinted resin will actually act as a stain and seep into your wood. Which can leave an ugly black stain all around your crack. If you seal it first with clear resin it will prevent 100% of the color bleed.
I recommend using a fast curing epoxy for both sealing and filling the cracks. I keep a tub of West System epoxy handy for these projects. The pump system makes measuring dummy-proof and super fast. The epoxy also cures very hard and is just a great quality epoxy.
To fill your cracks, first seal the underside of the crack with Tyvek tape, not painters tape. Painters tape will leak about 50% of the time. So that doesn’t mean you can’t use it if its all you have. Just be warned. Mix up a pump or two from each container of epoxy, add just a drop or two of black dye. Mix very well. If you crack is large, limit your epoxy pours to about an 1/8th of an inch. This epoxy cures fast and will overheat if you pour more than that. If your crack isn’t more than 1/8” wide, but 2” deep, you should be fine to fill the crack in one shot. If you do accidentally pour too much epoxy and it overheats, it really isn’t the end of the world. Just pour another layer on top of that epoxy and don’t tell anyone. The strength of the epoxy will be compromised, but we are just filling these cracks for looks. Not necessarily to strengthen them. Although the epoxy will assist in preventing the crack from separating further (not guarantee it though).
Some people love the look of a bow tie joint. Also referred to as a Dutchman joint. I personally love them. Perhaps to a fault. If left unchecked I can put too many in and not realize it till after it's done. The good thing is my wife only cares for them very sparingly. So I let her look over my shoulder when I am choosing my layout.
Every gap doesn’t need a bow tie just because it is cracked. Some areas are a higher risk to continue splitting. Unfortunately, I don’t have a comprehensive guide to what crack needs a bow tie and what crack doesn’t. It is varies largely from slab to slab. I would say that any cracks originating from the end of the slab need to be addressed though. If you aren’t sure about a certain spot, don’t be afraid to play it safe and add a bow tie or spline from the underside. I often add a number of straight splines to suspicious cracks on the bottom. That way I have peace of mind, and I don’t risk making my table look like Frankenstein.
If you’d like a full tutorial on how to inlay a bow tie joint (or anything else), check out this blog post. Or if you’d like to know how to cut a perfect bow tie, check out this blog.
The most important thing about any inlay is having some really sharp chisels and a good a marking knife. I recommend Narex chisels for an affordable option and a Japanese marking knife. Xacto knives work well for about 10 seconds. Then become too dull to do much.
How I make and inlay Canadian Woodworks style steel C-channel supports in my live edge slab tables. These supports will keep large live edge tables flat.

Ever wonder why we didn’t see a lot of tables made from a single slab until fairly recently? It is because a single slab of wood is about the least stable piece you could make a table from. A slab often wants to cup, bow, twist, and crack. Traditional tables are generally made from a number of narrow pieces glued together. They even alter the grain orientation of these pieces to counteract any tendencies to cup or bow. This of course isn’t possible with a single piece of wood. The geniuses over at Canadian Woodworks came up with a rather clever solution to this problem though. They recess lengths of 1/4” steel C-channel into the underside of their slabs. Before you get too excited about fixing that twisted slab your grandfather has behind his barn. They aren’t a fix-all. Paul from CWW says the C-channels “negotiate with the slab to keep it flat.” Which I rather liked. Basically, it will stop minor flexing, but is no substitute for a completely and properly dried slab.
People often ask how big of a slab needs a C-channel. There is no rule book on this just yet. But I would say over 30” and you will want some support either from a nice flat table base, apron, or C-channels. Click here to shop these channels.
Inlaying them can seem a little daunting. But I made a video on how to do it pretty easily. Check it out here.
The top of your dining table should be 30” from the ground. So make sure you know how thick your top is before you order your legs. There is a big difference in a 1.5” top and 3” top attached to the same legs. Most good steel legs can come with threaded leg levelers. Which gives you about a 1/2” of room for adjustment.
Most people want the option to seat someone at the end of the table too. So I recommend at least 16” from the end of the table to the front of the leg to comfortably pull a chair up.
This of course varies depending on the style of legs you choose. I went with a modern wishbone design by Flowyline Designs. Legs by Flowyline are great because they have a 1/4” steel mounting plate with slotted mounting holes to allow for wood expansion and contraction seasonally.
Flush mounted legs and C channel make for a clean look.
I always use threaded inserts to attach my legs and bases now. You don’t have to use old construction lag bolts anymore. In fact, don’t use those. Drop a couple extra bucks and add in some good steel threaded inserts. These will allow your table to come apart from the legs/base an infinite number of times without ever stripping out your mounting holes.
You can’t (shouldn’t) just bolt your base down tight to the wood. You need to allow room for the wood to expand and contract seasonally. Especially on large slab tables. This is why shops like Flowyline are nice enough to add the slotted holes to their mounting plates. When you attach your base, just get the bolt snug, not tight. I get it all the way tight, then back in off 1/3 turn. That way your base will stay snug, but the wood can still move around the bolts. You can even add a little paste wax to your bolt to keep it sliding with the table, not the base.
If you love sanding, you aren’t doing it right -
Sanding is pretty universally the least liked aspect of woodworking. Its messy, its hazardous to our health, its tedious, it is difficult to get right, and worst of all, it is absolutely necessary. Luckily technology has come a long ways to help with this most beloved woodworking pastime. Dust extractors and orbital sanders are a luxury the previous generations could only dream of. If you are serious about woodwork, get yourself a HEPA extractor like this one from Festool and their brushless orbital. It is a significant investment. But your lungs, wrists, and tables will thank you.
I made a dedicated step by step blog on how to properly sand wood. Including what grits I use and what sandpaper I prefer. Check it out here.
I’m not sure if everyone actually loves finishing, or if they are just relieved to be done sanding. Either way, finishing is generally the exact opposite of sanding. In a few seconds to a few minutes (depending on your finish) you get to see all your hard work come to life. Over the last few years I have become a big fan of Hardwax finishes. They provide great protection while being able to be applied in any environment. Even a dusty shop like mine. Where traditional finishes like varnish and lacquer essentially require a dedicated spray booth. Even then there is a good chance of a hair or dust nib settling on your fresh coat of finish before it cures. Hardwax finishes provide protection by bonding with the wood, then having the excess oil removed.

My latest project I finished with Rubio monocoat. Initially I used a similar finish that ended up drying out in a few weeks. I have been loving the Rubio finish lately. Incredible look, feel, and protection. Without any of the downsides found in that other finish I used that dried out. I am still learning about Rubio, but once I become an expert on it, look for a blog and/or video. If you want to check out a previous blog using Osmo (not the finish I had a problem with) check out this blog I did on getting a perfect finish in a dusty shop.

These tables are meant to be used! Don’t be afraid to have the family over for the holidays and make the most of your new table.
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Live edge or natural edge is a style of furniture where the furniture designer or craftsperson incorporates the natural edge of the wood into the design of the piece. Live edge furniture often incorporates gnarly wood, such as Alligator Juniper, mesquite, Vachellia nilotica and salvaged wood that could not be used in conventional woodworking. There are special challenges involved in working with this type of wood, and several methods for live edge have developed. Some leave the natural holes and cracks in the wood while other artists fill them with resins.


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