Just before Christmas we started building a new dining table. We are but three in our family, but my husband’s parents and brother and his family live quite close. So close, in fact, that I could definitely throw a ball into my in-laws’ backyard and probably roll a ball to my brother-in-law’s front yard. We get together for meals at least once a week, and we needed a table that can seat at least nine people.
Inspired by Astrid and her table, we set out to make our own. We used maple boards from a specialty wood shop and some hairpin legs we bought online. We borrowed some tools, like large clamps and a rail saw, from our neighborhood tool library and friends and neighbors. The boards are connected with wood glue and dowels and the boards on the underside provide a little more stability. The table measures 4’x8′ (122cm x 144cm) and can seat ten very comfortably and twelve if we need to.
It wasn’t cheap to make a table this large using maple boards, but it was much, much cheaper than it would have been to buy a table of the same size. We’re pretty happy with it and look forward to many, many meals and celebrations around it.