Hey everyone. I’m going to jump right into this one. I’ll try to keep you all on your toes so you make it to the end. I’ll give you the quick and dirty version ;)… I built a huge table over a year ago. I wrote a post on it. I’ll leave the link here https://juddyjudsonbuilds.com/2018/07/17/the-maple-of-all-tables/ . I was proud. I thought I knew what I was doing. I didn’t. I glued the table top down to the skirt and screwed the guts out of it (don’t be dirty). With the seasons and humidity changing, the wood couldn’t move because I glued it and screwed it. Long story short, it warped and cracked.
I’ll let the diagram explain in case you have a wobbly, cracked table too.
This table was originally for a customer. They mentioned it cracked and I was concerned. And what I mean by concerned is I spun down a dark hole of anxiety and self doubt in an instant. I went to their home and checked out the damage. It was completely fucked. I immediately refunded them and tossed the table on my trailer (I love kijiji). I was hoping it would fly off into a ditch somewhere, never to be seen again. That didn’t happen so I chucked it in my garage (which was already filled with lumber). The days turned into months, spring turned into summer and summer into fall. My wife mentioned/told me several times that she would like to park our dented up Honda’s in the garage and that it wasn’t a place to store tables or hoard lumber. I agreed (like I always do lololololol). I had to do something with it. So day by day I started to cut it apart. Once I cut the skirt off the table, the wood was free to move and ended up flattening back to a usable table top.
I decided I was going to build a new kitchen table for us and reuse the maple from this table. I like simple, clean lines and I wanted to build something that reflects our taste. So that’s what I did. I built our family a new kitchen table with a matching bench. It was a time consuming build but totally worth it. I left a few cracks in the wood because the table is a story. A story about learning from your mistakes and overcoming challenges. Do you feel inspired? This will be the heart of our growing family, where we will laugh and share lots of memories. Life isn’t perfect, nor am I, so why should I try and hide (all) the flaws? Are they really flaws? (Yes, they are). So this is the story of a broken table that was too expensive to burn and too big to store in our garage.
There you go. I love this table. It is a simple design with natural tones. Its also massive, so we are going to have to have some big family feasts around it. It’s exactly what I wanted it to look like. I’m glad it’s done. Next on my project list is a custom built in library and double sliding doors. This will be my first built in for someone, so you can imagine I’m a little nervous, but with every mistake I’m making I am definitely improving and that’s what is most important. Always keep improving.
Well that’s all I have to say today.
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