August 24, 2012

Dining Table Disaster

Maybe disaster isn't the right word but remember on Monday how I said I wanted to show you the finished dining room table we were in the process of building? Well, it's still sitting in our garage unfinished. It's not that I didn't have time to finish it (I did), it's just that I gave up on it :(

After we attached the hardware and stood it up to see if it would stand, I started noticing some problems. I tried to look past them and gave myself a day to figure out a solution but after thinking about it I realized that my heart wasn't in the project any more and it seemed silly to spend more time (and money) on something that I don't like.

The table has potential to be great but not for a perfectionist like me. The "X" legs we made aren't wide enough so the top isn't in proportion to them which makes it look like it's too big/wide:

The top boards are wavy and uneven:

The board on the far right bends down even though we ran some Liquid Nails between the two boards and jammed another board up under it to hold it in place overnight:

There's a gap between side edges of the apron (above) as well as the top of the table and the apron (the piece with the hardware):

I applied some stain to the tabletop last night to see what it would look like and it looks nice, but not nice enough to change my mind:

Sigh, I'm so disappointed. I really wanted this to work and if I wasn't so picky, I'm sure it would. I feel so bad for wasting my boyfriends time. He says we can use it as a work table in the garage and set our saw up on it so at least the time and effort we put into building it will kind of pay off. I'm also thinking of repurposing the hardware on something else but we'll see.

I thought this would be easy and even though I had drawn up some detailed plans, I'm clearly not cut out to build furniture haha Looks like I'll be sticking to simple DIY projects from now on!


  1. That is a bummer! But don't give up on a being a DIY builder yet! It definitely isn't easy customizing building plans.

    Maybe if it had new legs you'd like it and the rustic/imperfect top better? Thick, long boards are about impossible to buy straight which is definitely annoying! And even if you don't use it in the garage, you could pull it apart and maybe use some of the boards as a top to a rustic coffee table.

    Hope you have a good weekend!

  2. We were thinking about buying some more 2 x 4's to build new/wider legs with and we might in the future but we'll see!

    My first thought was to take the table apart and use the wood for other projects (like the coffee table or some floating shelves) but then my boyfriend suggested the saw table idea so I think that's what we're going to do instead. I also thought it might look cute in our backyard for some al fresco dining but it's so tall (31.5") that we need chairs with a seat height of at least 20" and tall outdoor chairs are hard to find for cheap haha

    I hope you have a good weekend as well! Good luck with your curtains and kitchen reno :)

  3. Don't be too hard on yourself-at least you tried it! I have beuilt some headboards but haven't braved a table or more complicated (3 dimensional!) furniture yet. I want to but just don't have the time or energy right now. I like the garage table idea-you'll have the prettiest saw table in town!

  4. Thanks Melissa! I'm happy we tried it because we learned a lot of things from building it (like how to use our new saw!) so the effort definitely paid off, just in a different way :)


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