To say that we’re busybodies is an understatement. I think that our neighbors really hate us– Saturday and Sunday, at the strike of 10 (so we don’t break any noise pollution laws), we start hammering and sawing away while out on our patio.
I woke up one Saturday, and asked, “What do you want to do today?”
I was thinking, “Bake some cookies,” or “Paint the molding.”
Instead, we built a 200 pound table.
Do you remember when David and I fell in love with this table?
A bunch of commenters rightfully suggested that we could build our own. And a few weekends ago, David took the initiative and built us a new farmhouse table!
The original table we saw was crazy expensive. There was no way we could rationalize spending that kind of cash on a piece of furniture. So, we went to the hardware store and, in less than $200, got everything we needed to build and finish our own.
Using the general concept of this plan from Ana White, David loaded up on lumber from The Home Depot and got to work.
Most of the cuts we had done in-store. We just made sure to show up with all of our dimensions in hand, and also showed up super early in the morning– so there wasn’t a huge line, and the staff at the store was all grouchypants yet.
The wood was really heavy, and there was a lot of lifting involved. But truth be told, the table went together pretty easily, since we had someone else do the bulk of the cutting.
Two by fours and two by twos got screwed as supports into the two by six, that acted as the main legs. We took the idea of a level patio for granted and built most of the table upside down, with a little bit of wiggling at the end to ensure it was level.
The wood we used was really rough and splintery. I think we sanded for close to 10 hours to smooth it out!
Tomorrow: the finished product!
What’s the last thing that you built?