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Tell me about Tea Tables!

by chrisd » Apr 7th 12 3:43 am

Hello,

I am interested in purchasing a Tea Table, and have found a lot of good looking ones on Ebay from Dragon Tea House. But I am wondering if the forum would kindly inform me of the differences in quality tea tables.

What I am seeking is a good quality table, and preferrably with an optional hose attachment. And something that will last a long time rather than having to be replaced frequently.

Seems to be a lot of material choices, i.e. bamboo, wenge wood, ebony, ceramic, slate/stone e.t.c. What would be a good choice?

Thank you :D

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by Tead Off » Apr 7th 12 3:55 am

chrisd wrote:Hello,

I am interested in purchasing a Tea Table, and have found a lot of good looking ones on Ebay from Dragon Tea House. But I am wondering if the forum would kindly inform me of the differences in quality tea tables.

What I am seeking is a good quality table, and preferrably with an optional hose attachment. And something that will last a long time rather than having to be replaced frequently.

Seems to be a lot of material choices, i.e. bamboo, wenge wood, ebony, ceramic, slate/stone e.t.c. What would be a good choice?

Thank you :D
I think the most beautiful and long lasting tea tables are in stone. However, they are costly but should last a lifetime barring accident. I've only seen Chinese/Taiwanese made ones.

Bamboo and wood tea tables are probably the most common with hose drains. There are some lovely ones but cracking can be a problem. It would be a shame to spend a lot of money on a table only to see it crack or warp. Personally, I would have to think twice about buying bamboo/wood if I lived in a less humid climate.

Clay and porcelain tea trays are probably the best values but to find ones with drainage holes is not easy. This would usually have to be custom made to suit your style.

Personally, I use a ceramic tray which gets emptied from time to time. I don't really like the idea of a hose draining into a bucket when I'm drinking tea at home. In commercial places, it would be a necessity to have a system with a hose.

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by Chip » Apr 7th 12 4:20 am

... while you wait for posts here, you can use the forum search for table or tables, pretty much on the topic.

I prefer "soft" such as wood or bamboo. I purchased a bamboo tea table in December 2010, use it several times a day, every day. No problems whatsoever. However others have had problems with bamboo which seems more problematic when dry/dormant than when in constant use.

Reason I prefer "soft" versus stone or clay/stoneware/etc. ... I envision breaking cups and pots on them (or even the table itself) ... plus I like wood and bamboo.

But this is just personal preference. :mrgreen:

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by chrisd » Apr 7th 12 4:37 am

Thank you for the replies!

What about other types of woods other than bamboo? Would others still be prone to damage from drying/humidity?

I ask because I really likt ths rosewood table. Would you all see any problems with this type of table?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exquisite-Rosew ... 33569a7198

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by Tead Off » Apr 7th 12 6:06 am

chrisd wrote:Thank you for the replies!

What about other types of woods other than bamboo? Would others still be prone to damage from drying/humidity?

I ask because I really likt ths rosewood table. Would you all see any problems with this type of table?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exquisite-Rosew ... 33569a7198
This is really a tea tray, not a tea table. And is not hose drained. It has the plastic tray under the top that collects the water. It's pretty and looks solid. As Chip mentioned, wood and bamboo become problematic if not used for long periods of time.

Another problem buying these commercial made trays is you have no way of knowing how the wood/bamboo was cured and dried and this is another contributing factor to its longevity. Bamboo also tends to become dirty looking over time due to the tea staining it. Ask questions to the seller and try to get reviews of the products.

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by beachape » Apr 8th 12 4:38 am

I live in the upper midwest, which gets pretty dry during the winter. I've had a bamboo tea tray from andao tea (have they since closed shop?) since 09 and it was holding up great until this past month. I made the mistake of leaving it on our radiator (hot water radiator which gets warm but not hot), and I discovered a substantial crack after i noticed it leaking. I'll try to patch it up with some food grade silicone...but i'm guessing it is done for. I'd love to buy the same one again but it seems they went out of business. I also have one of the bamboo trays with a plastic collecting basin, but it isn't quite as fun to use. The sound of water dripping on wood is much more pleasant than water dripping on plastic.

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Re: Tell me about Tea Tables!

by TuoChaTea » Apr 8th 12 6:18 pm

chrisd wrote:I ask because I really likt ths rosewood table. Would you all see any problems with this type of table?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Exquisite-Rosew ... 33569a7198
I have a tray like this, I use it for about 10 years and no problems. Please notice, that the water is collected in a black plastic container under the tea tray, so it will probably last for a lifetime (my plastic basin actually cracked, I do not know how, but I glued it and now it works just fine).