Our first Ana build - the "Big Ur" table to match our existing Crate and Barrel "Basque" chairs and bench. We LOVE IT!! More info on our blog strawbridgestuff.com - check it out!
Stunning table! Just stunning!
Thanks Ana! You're a mini-celebrity in our household, so your comment made our day! :) You're the reason we got into building and we LOVE it, so thanks!
I've been waiting for someone to post a brag post for this table! Yours looks great. I'm thinking of making one for my first project as well. Couple of questions: What did you use to cut the 4x4s? And is the plank tabletop smooth enough to, say, write a letter on, or are the grooves too deep for that?
Hi Keri Beth! Thanks for your comment! To answer your question, we had to cut the 4x4s at home since the saw at our Lowes couldn't handle it. We used our mitre saw, and were able to get all the way through the 4x4 in one cut by going nice and slow, making sure to hold the entire piece as steady as possible while cutting.
After reading your comment I took a piece of paper and a pen over to the table and tried to write a little note. The tabletop is definitely smooth to the touch, but the fine-point pen I was using did poke through the paper over the grooves. However, I can roll the pen across the tabletop and it does not get caught up in the spaces between the boards, if that makes sense :) The grooves are hardly noticeable, and I think if I was writing on anything thicker than a single sheet of paper it would have been fine.
Hope that helps, and feel free to ask more questions if you decide to build the table. We love it, and I'm sure you will too!
Wonderful! Thanks for your reply. Is your miter saw a 10" or 12"? I plan to buy one soon. Thank you!
Ours is a 10", and also has a laser which is a great feature for making sure your cuts are straight. Best of luck!
I just made this table and plan on making a matching bench. Would LOVE to have wonderful chairs to match. Suggestions on what to build? I am on a budget but would like something substantial.
Where did you get your chairs, or did you build them??
Hi! Glad you built the table...we've been so happy with it so far! The inspiration behind us building this table was actually me finding those two dining chairs and the bench at Crate and Barrel as floor samples on clearance...I think I spent $150 for all three pieces? This was before we even moved into our house/had the slightest inclination to start building furniture :) That being said, the chairs are from the "Basque" line of dining chairs at Crate & Barrel in "Java"...we stained our table with Minwax Ebony stain and it's a verrrry close match, as you can see in the pictures. We got another 2 chairs as wedding gifts, so we were lucky!
Right now, the chairs are on sale for $179/each (they also come in a lighter honey color if you don't want to go quite as dark as we did). They are very sturdy and compliment the rustic style of this farmhouse table. We've never built chairs, so I can't speak to that as an option - might be worth a shot though! Or, you could build two benches and buy fun chairs (upholstered parsons chairs maybe?) for the ends? Totally depends on the look you're going for, but I hope it works out! Let us know :)
I love your table. I'm wondering- it looks as if 6 people can sit at your table. Is this right? And did you use the same dimensions as Ana's plans? Thanks!
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