The Darby Table is a celebration of wood.  We search out beautiful and interesting pieces of timber that are full of character with fabulous grain. Knots and shakes (splits) are embraced rather than cut-out, and where necessary, are stabilised with butterfly ties which are a traditional woodworking technique.  With wainy edges left on, two wide sister boards are used and book matched (opened up to achieve a mirror effect) to give the impression of a magnificent slice of tree. Knots are filled with resin whilst the shakes are left natural. 

We offer the Darby in two standard sizes to seat 8 or 10.  It is made in a choice of oak, elm or walnut which we finish with a clear oil to enhance the natural tone of the timber as well as protecting from spills and stains.  Choose from patinated bronze or polished bronze for the legs.

We do not currently have any professional photos of the walnut Darby or the polished bronze legs. If you are interested in this option, please email us and we would be very happy to send you some pictures that we have taken in our showroom.

Dimensions: w270 d90 h76

Availability: In stock
Total price: £ 5295



Bespoke option

If you would like a quote for a bespoke size or timber, please call us on 01488 608020 or make an enquiry here. We can help you choose the right size for your space and seating requirements.

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From the makers...

Not all of the timber for the Darby will have splits but we rather like it when it does.  We stabilise the split with these butterfly ties -  a traditional woodworking technique for hiding or disguising knot holes. We think they are rather beautiful.

Officially certified...

Officially certified...

If your piece of furniture has been made from timber that has been grown in Britain it will be stamped with the official  'Grown in Britain' mark which means that not only does it come from Britain but that the forests and woods were managed to the government's UK Forestry and public procurement standards.

Material & colour swatches

Timbers & Finishes

Walnut with clear oil
Walnut with clear oil

Walnut with clear oil

A rich dark wood with a tight close grain, treated wtih a hard wax clear oil which brings out its rich colour and grain.

Oak with clear oil
Oak with clear oil

Oak with clear oil

Oak is sturdy and durable with a rich and open grain.  Here it is treated with a clear, hard wax oil which gives it a warm, honey tone.

Elm with clear oil.
Elm with clear oil.

Elm with clear oil.

Elm has lovely colour and grain from olive greens to peach.  Here it is oiled with a clear, hard wax oil which brings out the colour to best effect.


Patinated Bronze
Patinated Bronze

Patinated Bronze

Ordering and Delivery

How to Order

You can place your order online but if you would prefer to speak to one of the team to discuss any aspects of your order, please call us on 01488 608020. Please check the delivery information below to see whether you are eligible for free delivery.  If not, then you will not be able to place your order online so please call us for a delivery quote.

We are always happy to chat through timber, finish and fabric choices.  Alternatively e-mail or better still, visit us at our showroom and while you are here, we would be delighted to show you around the workshop.

Lead Times

All our pieces are made to order and crafted to the highest quality. We don't cut corners or compromise our standards so please be aware that your order may sometimes take up to 8 weeks. We will e-mail you when we have booked your order into the workshop and give you an estimated delivery date. We will be in  touch again in the weeks prior to delivery.


We have our own fleet of vehicles and drivers to ensure safe delivery. Where we can’t deliver ourselves due to distance, we work with partner companies who offe the same high quality service and care.  Your furniture will be carefully blanket wrapped to protect it whilst in transit, delivered into the room of your choice, unwrapped and assembled as required.  Please let us know if you have any access issues.

We offer free delivery to postcodes starting with the following prefixes:
AL, BA, BH, BN, BS, CR, DA, DT, E, EC, EN, GL, GU, HA, HP, IG, KT, LU, MK, N, NW, OX, PO, RG, RH, RM, SE, SG, SL, SM, SN, SO, SP, SW, TA, TW, UB, W, WC, WD,
For delivery outside of these postcodes, we will need to provide you with a delivery quote. Please order by phone on 01488 608020.


Each piece of furniture we sell has a mark in the form of a discreetly fixed polished pewter disk that shows that it is an authentic Benchmark original. This is individually numbered and a record of the piece and purchaser is kept in our register. On Jens Risom designed pieces there is a special badge to show that they are an authentic Risom design.

Peace of Mind

We take pride in all our goods being made to exceptional standards but because things sometimes go wrong, our returns policy states that where a damaged or faulty piece of furniture is delivered, we will do our utmost to rectify the error as quickly as possible. If you are unhappy with your purchase for other reasons, let us know within seven days and we will guarantee a refund providing the item is returned in "as new condition" within 14 days. Unfortunately we are unable to refund shipping, handling or insurance charges, except of course in the case of any errors on our part. Bespoke pieces made to special order cannot be refunded, unless there is a fault with the product.

We are confident that our furniture will stand the test of time and offer a five year guarantee against defective workmanship and materials. However, please note that most of our furniture is made of solid timber, and you should expect it to move slightly in damp or overly dry conditions.

Please note that for pieces that are not made by Benchmark, such as Vienna Chairs and Carl Hansen Chairs, we are only able to offer a one year guarantee against defective workmanship. 

If you would like to chat through the timber, finishes or upholstery options or would like to see samples before you order, please call us on 01488 608020 or e-mail 

Care guides

Care instructions for raw and oiled tables


Our furniture is very easy to look after, and with a little care, will continue to look beautiful for future generations.  We like to keep wood looking and feeling as natural as possible so we firmly recommend an untreated or raw table top which we believe is the most family friendly finish and is easy to look after. However, we understand that sometimes our customers prefer a level of protection from everyday spills and stains and so we offer the option of a hard wax oil finish.

Caring for a raw/untreated surface

It is intended that the table top is treated as a scrubbed surface.  To clean the top on a daily basis simply wipe with a damp cloth. To remove more stubborn stains we recommend that you use a green scouring pad and white Cif cream cleaner. Use a little hot water and simply scrub the whole top as necessary, working with the grain. The first few times that this is done, the water will raise the grain and leave a slightly rough feel to the timber. This will only persist for the first few scrubbings.

Damp, untreated, steel items will react with the timber and can leave a dark stain. This stain can be removed with a mild solution of Oxalic Acid, available from most chemists.  Any scratches or surface damage can be easily removed by sanding the surface.  Dents may be steamed out using an iron applied on top of a damp cloth.

Caring for an oiled surface

We use Osmo Polyx Oil  which is a hard wax oil that is lightly applied to keep the timber looking and feeling as natural as possible.  Our clear oil gives a warm,honey tone whereas our white oil keeps the timber looking closer to its raw state. The wax will be fully hardened after 4 weeks.  Particular care should be taken in the first few weeks after delivery.

To clean on a daily basis simply wipe with a damp cloth and then remove any moisture with a dry cloth.  Wipe off anything that will stain straight away, eg red wine, balsamic vinegar, oil, tea, coffee, alcohol, etc.
Occasionally spills may penetrate the oil and you may need to re-oil.  Make sure the area is dry. Lightly sand the stain along the grain with a fine grade sandpaper until you can no longer see the mark.  You will be removing a thin layer of the wax oil.  Blend in the edges of the stain by lightly sanding the surrounding area.  Apply a thin layer of Osmo Polyx oil (two teaspoons of oil should be enough to cover 1m2) to the sanded area on a soft cloth.  Concentrate on the sanded area and then blend in the edges by wiping the cloth across the surrounding area.  You may need to reapply the oil after 2 hours to provide a match with the existing finish.
Dents and scratches may be sanded out with sandpaper or steamed with heat from an iron applied on top of a damp cloth.  You will notice that it now feels slightly rough where the grain has come out.  Use fine grade sandpaper to lightly sand and ‘de-nib’ the grain.  The sanded area can then be treated as above. 

If you would like any further information or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us on 01488 608020 or e-mail

We're here to help....

If you need any help making a decision on what will be the best finish to suit you or  have any questions about caring for your furniture, please don't hesitate to call us on 01488 608020. We will be happy to send you samples.


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