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I made this table about 4 years ago when my second son began to walk. We had a glass and wood coffee table at the time, and were concerned that he would break it, and hurt himself. So I made a small table that I didn't mind if the kids tore it up too bad. Good thing too, the 1 year old decided to help me out by using a screwdriver, on the freshly sanded top, before I could put any finish on it. You would be surprised how deep a child can drive a screwdriver into pine.

The table itself has a pine top, with oak edging and strechers, and popular legs. It is all pegged together with walnut pegs (made from dowels). I am surprised how well it has held up. The top has spilt along the edges and a little where the legs come through. (who knew that wood moves!!! :D)

Since it was made, it has served as a diving board, a dance table, a battleship, a bed, a tent and lord knows what else. I am looking forward to passing it off to one of the boys when they move out. Assuming it survives the 5 of them.

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cool project ! It will last a lifetime !
 

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It'll survive. It's too good not to.
 

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The first woodworking project is always to be remembered, something like the moment you got your first kiss.

I am sure you learned quite a bit from the first project.

This is a nice little project.
 

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Great looking table. I suspect that it will last the onslaught of the boys - did you say 5 boys - wow what a man. I had two boys and that was a handful to raise. Good for you.
 

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that was my thought as well, Bill,-5 boys? yikes.

Great table and so filled with memories. Did you sign it, date it?
 

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It'll be more valuable to you with their nicks and scratches on it. Maybe when they start reaching puberty you should stack railroad ties under it for safe measure! Lol

I still have a dining table i made where my son got ahold to the bottom of it with a crayon when he was little. Don't think i could ever part with it.
 

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Sometimes these are the most values pieces of furniture. I know in my home they are :) Yes you need to date and sign it.
 

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Wow, I wouldn't have the nerve to subject anything I've built to that kind of torture!
 
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