click here for more info on the chandelier...
the dining room is pretty small -- approximately 9.5' x 10' -- and is an often-used pathway between the sunroom and the kitchen.
i would love an eight-seater square table, but there's definitely not room for that. pooh.
so we started browsing rectangular tables. our inspiration pictures are all very similar: we want a simple, rustic table -- i think i'll like the looks of it under our fancy shmancy chandelier.
at these prices, ranging from $800 to $1400, fish was more than willing to take on another construction project to save some bucks.
we started searching for plans and ended up -- where else? -- on ana white, where we found a few contenders:
aesthetically, i like the farmhouse table the best as long as the crossbar that runs across the bottom can be left off -- and it looks like it can.
we went to scope out wood options at lowe's...
i am obviously the only one taking this seriously. ;)
however, by this point, fish has made quite a few pieces of furniture from dimensional lumber and i thought we should splurge on some nicer wood this time.
we fish investigated the table saws...
then left empty-handed.
we found a hardwood supplier a few towns over and decided to pay them a visit...just to see if the options were really all that better than the standard lumber carried at the big box stores.
so. many. options.
this was just one of maybe five or six aisles of different wood:
can you tell what a beautiful place this is??
look at those huge cuts of raw-edge wood!
the teak boards were beautiful -- and i also fell in love with zebrawood:
the problem with nice wood is...those boards are ex-pen-sive. just one plank of zebrawood in the length we'd need was around $80. times six or seven to form an eating surface and there's over $500 just for the tabletop.
might as well buy a table.
aaaaaand that's the dilemma.
if we were to use dimensional lumber, it would probably cost under $200 for the whole table.
decisions to make!
...and i haven't even started thinking about chairs...