This could be the one.
The number of tables that have come and gone in my dining room since the beginning of the year has become a little bit of a joke.
I think this makes seven.
And the funny part is…this one won’t be staying either!
I built this as a custom order for a woman I met at the October Market, but I’m not sure I want to let it go!
This thing is huge—8 feet long! (That’s why it’s “Grand.”)
The table…well, it was a bit of an adventure. I started out looking at the Providence Table plans, but I knew I wanted a chunkier base…and the plan page directed me to Design Confidential plans. Unfortunately, the plans from Design Confidential are not as well-written as Ana’s plans, plus some of the measurements are just plain…wrong. I had to do a little “winging” of things as I went along.
After my table was done, I found that Ana White does have her own 4x4 truss table plans here. Oh, how I wish I had realized that at the beginning; it would have saved me a grand headache! But I guess I can say that mine is an “original!”
The other big change for this table is the color. I have been playing with light, old, weathered looks for all the others, and I loved them….
….but I think my heart really lies with dark. My customer wanted a very dark Pottery Barn-esque finish, I think I achieved it, with FOUR coats of Minwax Antique Walnut, mixed with a little ebony here and there (not a separate coat) for depth of color. The staining and finishing took FOR.EV.ER, but it was totally worth it in the end.
You can also get a glimpse of exposed hardware on this table. Rather than use pocket holes (which is problematic on 4x4 lumber anyway), I used 5-inch lag screws to attach the beams together. It just adds to the rustic quality, I think.
The only way I can reconcile myself to giving up this table is knowing that I can build another one…for me! Plus, 8-feet is really too big for my dining room, darn it.
I’ll just enjoy looking at it until it goes to its new home!
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