Space Saving Dining Table / Benches

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Project by Durbs75 posted 03-02-2017 12:44 PM 1489 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a unique dining table and bench set crafted to fit within a small space. The table and benches feature petite bases to maximize foot space but moreover to not overpower the small space. After the table was delivered, we found that the base wasn’t big enough to fully stabilize the table so I made a larger and wider footprint to stabilize the table the way it should be. The table was made to client specifications, as always, but sometimes we have to alter projects to make them function as they should!!!!

There are 2 benches that are deeper (20 inches deep) than typical to allow for pillows to be used as backrests. The third narrower bench can be slid all the way under the table when not in use to allow room behind it to walk and is 14 inches deep.

The bases are a white wash finish and the top is a custom blend of 2 colors toned to create the perfect finish!! The table measures 34 inches wide by 42 inches long. This fits absolutely perfect in the small space and doesn’t overpower the room while maximizing seating capacity. The entire project is made from poplar lumber as an economical choice based on budget and was finished with 3 coats of satin acrylic poly sprayed on!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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#1 posted 03-02-2017 03:15 PM

Very nicely done and constructed.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-02-2017 04:23 PM

looks good

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#3 posted 03-02-2017 07:03 PM

Oho! I get told by a lot of folks that Poplar is useless….well… HAHA on them. :-P I’ve been milling out poplar, and lots of it, with my small mill. I will have to mill out some 5/5 or 5/6 material and set it aside to do something like this for my itty bitty kitchen. Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up da fine work!

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#4 posted 03-02-2017 10:14 PM

It’s very creative for a small space. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 03-02-2017 11:45 PM

Thank you all for your comments!!!

Von – Poplar has it’s place for sure. I like to offer poplar as a choice when my client’s budget won’t allow for maple or walnut. It still gives them something nice to enjoy!! The finish I use is an oil modified water based polyurethane I have used successfully for over 6 years. When it cures, it’s a very durable and hard surface. I have finished white pine with this product and several of my clients have asked why their tables aren’t denting like “they thought pine will dent”. Anyways, post your table and bench when you make it one day!!!

-- Carey Durbin, Marietta GA,

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