I would like a new kitchen table that will function as both dining table and work top.
I saw one I liked in the shops but did not buy it as I am basically far too tight to spend any money on new stuff in shops, especially when there are two zeros in the price ticket!
But I did go away and think about it - in fact I thought about it lots and lots, and lots and lots, and then lots more.
My problem is I love my old kitchen table so I don't find replacing it an easy task, particularly as it has a bit of family history to it.
Anyway, Brendan has decided to make me a new one. Even though now I am not really sure I want a new one, I now have no choice in the matter.
The new table will be made from Thea's old loft bed from Ikea, cut up and reused to make the table legs and stretchers.
The top will be made from one piece of solid oak.
Obviously this is not as straightforward as it sounds. For one we had to have a 'little' debate on how the finished top should look, eventually we agreed on a rustic planed edge, with only the two sawed edges being straight, the sides being left curved in line with the planks natural growth.
The first lot of sanding was done today, just the underneath to be smoothed off to finish. The thickness of this 40year old piece of oak will make a fantastic table top, but it is like iron to work with, and incredibly heavy to move around.
It will, when finished be considerably bigger than our current table, and will have to come into the house in two stages, legs then top. Looking forward to it now, even though it means that in order to keep my existing table I will have to relocate it upstairs into my office and remodel up there. Oh dear. I shan't enjoy that - honest. he he!