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A gift for my two year old daughter and my next kid, coming in July.

The table is made of melamine and sweetgum. The chairs are sweetgum (seats) and walnut (frame). I'm going to build a slip-on top also made of melamine, so that my kids can color directly on it with dry erase markers without having to worry about them accidentally ruining the permanent tabletop.

I know sweetgum tends to warp pretty bad when drying, but I decided that was less of a risk for a small-scale project and I think it was a risk worth taking - the coloring and figure turned out beautiful after a few coats of varnish. Especially considering I found the stock in the trash at Home Depot, where it was going to be discarded from a pallet.

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Nicely done. The sweet gum looks great with the walnut.
 

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Beautiful set, like the pretty wood combo and great idea on the top. The kids will get loads of fun learning. Great job!
 

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Thanks! I got the slip-on top complete, and it turned out to be a great idea. It's just a piece of melamine the same dimensions as the tabletop with a mitered frame. It works just as well on the floor as it does on the table, and dry-erase markers wipe off pretty easily.

My daughter has actually started to prefer eating at her special table, which we keep next to our breakfast nook table. It's right next to our deck door, so she has a nice window view of the backyard - and we don't have to worry about her climbing on our table or falling from a grown-up chair.

Maybe someday I'll find more sweetgum and make a matching grown-ups table set.
 
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