Well, I finally finished this table. It was by far my most frustrating, yet rewarding build to date. Just thinking about it I want to punch it right in the face!! I’m kidding…. but not really. I made some costly mistakes in this build but the knowledge I took away from it greatly out ways any of the frustrations (I see that now. Retrospect is 20/20). I had a lot of late nights where I wanted to quit woodworking and return all my stolen tools to my grandfather and father!! (They aren’t actually stolen, they just might not know I have them… Not stealing!!!) But I just felt like everything I did went completely down the shitter. It wasn’t that I was rushing. I’m always thinking (probably too much). It was just that I didn’t have the proper knowledge for certain parts. But you know what!? I do now! That’s the most important thing I can take away from this. That, and I drank 1000 beers building it and have no profit because of it.
This table was my most expensive build to date so I had that pressure weighing heavily on me (plus maple is expensive as balls!) I’m my own worst enemy but I am dealing with someones hard earned money and I want them to be like “damnnnn, Brett, that is the nicest table I’ve ever seen!” Time will tell if they actually say that. I’m like 1000 hours in and still staining. But my goal is to be the best woodworker I can be and I think made some small steps in the right direction!
Lets get into the build, it’s a big one.
So there you have it. I definitely struggled with this table. I made several mistakes, but I learned more on this table than I probably did on anything I’ve built yet, which will just make my next build a littler easier because, in theory, I should be little smarter. Not a lot, but hopefully at least a little. A step in the right direction! I always want to give a little shout out to my wife. I have been driving it lately and I certainly appreciate her patience with me. You’re the greatest 🙂 Oh, and in my shop build update. I bought 12 huge windows on what might be my best Kijiji deal ever! I’m going to buy a wood stove today (another Kijiji deal) and my permit just came in so I am good to go. I just need to get a few more bucks in my bank account and we will break ground!
Oh, and I also want to thank my clients!! They were super awesome to work with, super understanding and just wonderful people!!