Building a homemade dining table
One of our oldest
eyesores is this "dining table" configuration --- a coffee table propped
up on some cinderblocks so it's closer to the proper level. I have to
admit that this one even annoyed me a little since you can't put your
feet under the table when you eat. So when I asked Mark what bite-size
project we could fit into a cold Monday afternoon and he begged to
redesign the dining table, I gave in easily.
After tearing out the old
table, Huckleberry moved into the prime sunny real estate. "I've heard
that some cat lackeys build their feline overlords extensive play
palaces," he hinted.
Ahem. Back to business,
Mark chiseled off some siding that was still sticking to the repurposed
two-by-twos we'd used to frame up this bay of south-facing windows.
With everything moderately flat, he made short work of mounting a two-by-four to hold up the back edge of the table top.
The front edge was supported by old branches that had spent the last five years holding up my ramshackle kitchen counter.
The worst two branches were cut up into firewood, but Mark said these
two were worth reusing. A couple of brackets on each one held them in
We haven't actually
attached the top board to its supports yet since, after the external
temperature rises above freezing, we plan to stain the board for easy
spill removal. And the photo above doesn't show the rounded corners we added on at the last minute.
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