My hubby did all of the cutting and sanding. He is far stronger than I am and my hands don't have the strength they used to.
After all the boards were cut and sanded, I began the staining process. I'm so OCD and it makes no sense to put it all together and then try to stain or pain between boards. I want it all done - well most of it- before beginning construction. This is the bottom of the table top. These boards were heavy as all get out! Isn't that dark color, beautiful?
I really like how the woodgrain shows. I only put one coat of stain on the table because it was so pretty.
This is the bottom of the tabletop, nicely braced and aproned. I decided to paint the apron and legs an antique white which is also the color I will paint my cabinets, when I get the floor done.
Before flipping the top over, I decided to use the woodburning tool to engrave our names and the year, to the underside. You never know, one of my grandbabies may want this table and I would like for them to know it's history.
Here is the table top. It doesn't look very big in this picture but believe me when I say, it is. I first wanted to make it 6ft X 30in, but my Mister came in and told me he didn't think that was big enough, so we made it 7ft X 36in ! Oh goodness, this thing is massive!
In this picture, you can kind of get a sense of how large she is. The space where she is sitting is about 11ft. There is just enough room on each end for a chair...providing the person sitting in said chair isn't a big person!
Here is a better perspective. And mentioning chairs...
Those are going to get a nice coat of the antique white paint, that was used on the legs of the table. When all the kiddos and grands come for supper, we will be able to sit three on one side, one on each end, and anywhere from two to five on the bench that will be on the other side. YaY!!! I can finally have all the family in one place!
While I have been busy with the table, I have also been doing quite a bit of sewing and quilting.
This is the quilt for my grandson, who will be born in February. I used perle cotton and large stitches to hand quilt it. I am almost finished. Just need to bind it and then embroider the label. I think everything, that is made with love, needs to be labeled so many years from now, those who were the recipient of such treasures, will know a bit about it.
I pray you have a blessed day.
Grace & Peace.