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Dining Room Table: The "Finally" Edition

By on Oct 26, 2012

We’ve been in the house for about, oh, 5 months now and have just had a giant gaping hole where the dining room set up should have been.   We sold our other set knowing that we D was going to build us a new one.  Some of you have followed this progress on Instagram (@amymccarter_br), but for the rest of you…. our table is done!

We got the legs from a table we bought for $25 at an antique store, then painted them black.

They had to come in first, because the table top is so unbelievably heavy.  It is made from three planks of apple wood that came out of the old BNSF (Santa Fe rail road) box cars that carried wine.  They were already a beautiful color, and I liked the remnants of detail, so D lightly sanded and then poly’d about three layers.

They weigh about 100 lbs each.  That is not an exaggeration.

I tried to help D carry it in.  Honestly, I did.  But my wimpy arms could barely lift it off the stand, so we had to call for back up in the form of Nate, D’s heterosexual life partner.

God bless that man.

I recall extra grunting and cursing at this point.

But they got it in without incident!  And used 4 1/2 inch black screws to fasten it directly to the legs.

You can see Nate’s hatred of my wimpy arms in his eyes.

But it’s in!  And I love it with my whole heart.

(Those are the flowers D brought me after being out of town.  D’awww…)

Next stop: Chairs!

 And something for that big blank wall.

 My favorite view.

We bought a huge stack of those boards, at about $15 a piece, plus the $25 for the legs.  We already had the poly and we used the same black paint as on the kitchen cabinets.  So we are in to this table for about $70.  Not bad… not bad…

Major props to my main man, D.  I am continually impressed with and proud of how hard he works to give us these beautiful and affordable things.



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