double pedestal dining table…

so i decided to build this table:

i should probably clarify that i decided to build that table as my first real furniture build… *dies* i mean, go big or go home, right? but… i figure that the women at shanty-2-chic have the step-by-step directions – and ana white has the plans with cut list… i can totally do this… (maybe)…

one modification… i decided to do two pedestals instead of three… and modified the 1x6s to a length of 33″ instead of the 47 3/4″ the plans called for…

the pedestals included lots of gluing and screwing… but they are starting to take shape…

then i was interrupted by my daughter who wanted to show off her proposed dress for her eighth grade semi formal dance… “move! i’m trying to work here!”

i used the kreg jig to drill pocket holes for the top… this was the first time i’d ever used it and was a little intimidated… i tried it out on some scrap wood and once i got the hang of it, i was ready to drill my holes in the “real” wood… here’s everything screwed together (except the 2x4s on the sides – which i didn’t have a picture of)…

it is starting to look a bit like an actual table top! i attached the two side pieces and got ants in my pants because i really wanted to see how it would look… (i didn’t have the trim pieces on yet – i just wanted to see if i was really – actually – seriously making a table!)

here’s the dry fit:

omg! it totally looks like a table!! y’all! seriously! this is so exciting… this is totally and completely exciting… wait… the thrill is gone now:

sanding sucks… my fingers were numb… i had sweat inside my face mask… sawdust in places it shouldn’t be… *shudders*

but… now that the sanding is done, it is time to stain this baby! first coat on the table top and i’m in love again… (i haven’t forgotten about the suckiness of sanding, i’m just distracted)… i love this color (dark walnut from minwax):

once it all dries, we start moving it in to the dining room…

so excited (again!)… this table is going to look amazing in this space… and it does! (please disregard the mismatched candles… rest assured we replaced them as soon as we went to the store)…

and here with the correctly matched candles and place settings:

i love this table… but… i’d like to make another one implementing some of the lessons i learned….

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