One, two . . . skip a few . . . 99, 100

Housetablepatio_2I'm looking for a new attitude for this table project and all projects to come. Up until now, my favorite parts of a project have been the moment I decide to do it, and the moment it's done.

I want to learn how to savor the process, that stuff in between.

For this table (yes it will be saved, thanks for the feedback), I wanted to use it a buffet table on my patio, and do a tile job on the top as a practice for my future bathroom and kitchen projects.

However, after spraying it off with a hose and conferring with Bill, I have three qualms:

1. Heaviness: This is something Bill pointed out, that the table is already heavy with the 1-inch-thick plywood top, and putting tile on it will make it even heavier. Who wants a table that two strong people will have a hard time moving?

2. My future workshop: In fact, this old workshop table would be perfect for the workshop I am going to create for myself. More about this later, but I can't keep my growing collection of tools in the closet, on my desk and in the corner of my office. I need my own workshop space now that we're fixing up the house. This table would be perfect for that.

3. Damaged legs: If I do use it in my future workshop space, I won't have to repair the bottom of the legs, which have water damage from being on the back patio so long. It turns out you should never put exposed wood on concrete as concrete is porous and soaks up water, and the wood does that also. In my future workshop, the floor will be wood, so the legs should stop degrading.

So I'm still mulling it over and trying to enjoy this part of the process as well.

On a related note: The new red house paint has made the back patio an unexpectedly pleasant place to be. When I asked Bill to come out and evaluate the table, he was amazed at how good it felt out there. Previously, the north-facing wall was painted gray, and when you add that to the gray of the patio, and the fact that there's barely any sun out there in the winter, it all added up to a cold, bleak environment. With the red wall, though, it feels like the place to be. Who knew? However, I would not recommend this color scheme for a south-facing wall in a hot climate. You would fry, or would feel like you were frying.

2 Comments on One, two . . . skip a few . . . 99, 100

  1. lil_gaucha

    Oooh. Tile it and use it as a buffet!
    I know it’s more practical to use it in your workshop — especially if the legs are having some issues.
    BUT — why not chop off the bottom few inches of the table legs (Where I imagine the damage is concentrated) and install some heavy duty locking wheels? then the legs would be up off the cement, the table would be easy to move (or keep in place) and you get your pretty new buffet table.
    I imagine it would be pretty difficult to find a table that fits as well as this one obviously already does in the space. Then you can have fun building yourself an even better workbench at some later point.

  2. John Krill

    Forget the table. What is good is the 1″ top. Remove the top and get a whole bunch of broken cermaic tile and create a moasic piece of art and hang it outside somewhere.