After a loooong hiatus (oh, you noticed that, did you?), I'm back!
We moved, in a bit of a whirlwind affair, back in August and I finally found a workshop space in October and got the keys on November 1st! I'm busy setting up shop now - and getting ready for another custom table order.
Here's the first table I built from scratch.
I used the plans that Ana White offers on her website. She calls it a Farmhouse table and the instructions are amazing! I printed mine out and added inches when I needed to - planning is the most important part! I plotted out all my cuts so I knew what wood I'd need to buy and then I headed to Home Depot to pick up what I needed. Ana's got a whole list of 'materials' as well as 'tools' and even a 'cut list.' Could it be any easier? No, is the answer, in case you were confused.
I assembled the table, filled all the holes, bashed it up with a hammer, and sanded the heck out of it! I stained the top with two different colour stains - Minwax's Espresso and American Walnut. The final finish for the table top was about 5 coats of Varathane Diamond Floor Finish.
On a sad note, or biggest little lady, Olive, went missing on October 26th. She hasn't turned up and we miss her every day. When we adopted the kittens, 'Miss Thing,' as we sometimes called her, was a fantastic mother. She had so much love in her little heart, and we hope someone else might be sharing it with her today...if not, we know she lived a life full of love (and lots of cuddles!)
Olive can best be remembered as needing to have everything 'just so,' and demanding to have her belly rubbed with her signature 'stretch and roll' move, at least twice, daily.
We miss you, Olive-branch.