It was a week before Thanksgiving and we still didn't have enough seating for the first ever event at our new home. My wife and I couldn't decide what type of table we wanted. We looked and looked and everything was way out of our newly slimed life with a baby budget. Who knew real wood furniture was so expensive. Then my wife found this design and it was exactly what she wanted. An older look with a homely feeling. She presented it to me and I thought sure I could do that. I had never built a piece of furniture before and crossed my fingers. After two trips to the lumber store for the proper screws and wood I was on a roll. In three days time I had this gorgeous looking 10 seat table ready for turkey time. The instructions were easy to read, easy to follow, and broke it all down so it went together like playing with legos. Here are a few tips if you want to make it look more professional than I was able to throwing it together so quick:
1. make sure all of your wood is straight. Because the boards are so long any little bend or curve makes it hard to close the gaps. I bought the cheap wood and you can tell. If you buy the professional wood your cost may double or triple but the table will look like it came straight from your designer furniture store.
2. Stain everything after you cut it prior to assembly. It was my first furniture production and it is really had to get in those cracks and crevices after its together.
3. Put as many coats of sealant on it as you have time to. The more the better.
4. A nail gun/brad gun would have made this project go even faster. At least get a drill with a cord. Screwing everything together took a lot of work and my cordless battery drill never lost battery power faster.
We've now had the table for almost a year and it still looks great and has withstood the test of pressure. Some seat cushions might be the next addition because the wood bench seats do get a little uncomfortable. Plus it could add some color to match the scheme of your room. Good luck and I hope some of my tips helped.