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Meet Scott Trafton of Stable Made Table in Portsmouth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Scott Trafton.

Scott, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
After a divorce, I moved to downtown Portsmouth on the waterfront. Needing a coffee table, and shopping countless stores, only to find poor quality tables made with veneers, I decided to build my own. I then realized the need and demand for solid, unique, well-built furniture, utilizing reclaimed wood. Inspired by a 200+ year old giant dumbwaiter wheel in my apartment and an antique post drill purchased from Craigslist, I built a table with reclaimed barn board and incorporated the drill into its design. I received several compliments for my table and everyone asked where I bought it. These people gave me the confidence and inspiration to form Stable Made Table.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Struggles included initially working out of my father’s garage and acquiring the necessary power tools and other woodworking tools required to provide quality furniture. Not only was there a learning curve working with reclaimed wood, but also the challenge other aspects of setting up a business; from forming an LLC, applying for a trade name, building a website, marketing, advertising, social media, banking, shipping, and networking. My main objective was to not borrow money, but to reinvest profits wisely into most needed objectives to grow and improve quality.

Stable Made Table – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I primarily build furniture, using reclaimed barn board, and create lighting. I create my designs based on my own interpretations as to what I find aesthetically pleasing. Each piece of barn board has unique features such as knots, insect holes, nail holes and live edges. Great thought goes into the placement of each piece before it is cut, assembled, and sanded. I often incorporate antique mechanical pieces into my furniture.

I am proud of saving old barns and giving them new life and functionality; all while saving trees in the process. I use the best joining techniques, and hand select the materials to create my pieces. I work with customers from start to finish; to ensure that their vision, is the product delivered. I stand behind my work, and can ship anywhere.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment, as simple as it seems, is when my 7 year old son, (who refers to himself as the CEO), told me that if I don’t try to build this company, then I won’t know what it can become.

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