Monday, 15 June 2009

the table

A comment from Briggs lekehus saying she envis our big dining table, reminded me that I haven't told you the story about our table.

Before we moved to this apartment, we lived 3 years in a 30 m2 (ca 322 ft2) apartment. It worked very well because it was a very functional space, but there was one thing we missed: A big table so we could host dinner parties. We love entertaining!

The first thing on our list of new furniture to buy for the new apartment was, of course, a big dining table. We pictured a big, soild one in oak, but we soon found out that it was way out of our budget. So Sølve, the handyman, said: "Let's just build the table!" He didn't just want to build it, he wanted to build it using really cheap material. In Norwegian we just call it "to tom to", at least that's what Sølve calls it. I have no idea what's it's called in English, but you can see the material in the photos; thin wooden sticks. A couple of our friends, who knows what they are talking about, doupted the project, saying the material would not work for something like this. That just made Sølve more eager to build it with these sticks.

With a whole lot of glue and screws we made the table top. It only took us a few hours. Altogether I think we only used about a day to make the table. And it was really cheap; ca 1000 kr (ca €113 / $96).



We didn't sand the surface much. We wanted to keep it rough, so you can see that it is made of several pieces of wooden sticks (or whatever they are called).

The table is painted with a semi glossy oil based white piant. Nothing fancy, just something we had left from the renovation.

The table is 113 cm wide (90 cm is the standard for dining tables) and 280 cm long. It seats 14 people comfortably. It's so big that it can't be moved out of the livingroom. If we ever sell this apartment, we have to sell it with the table. PS: We proved our friends wrong, the material was perfect for our table!

24 comments:

  1. Bordet er kjempefint, Astrid! to toms to er bra saker :) Heltre bord til den prisen er slett ikke verst, og det er fint at det er litt upolert. God uke til deg!

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  2. i love the story of this table and the finished product itself.

    is there any way you could dismantle the legs and take it to your next home?

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  3. I wish I can be the 1/14 guests who seat in front the table one day!! XD
    I do like your table a lot!! natural and rough feeling touch... ;)

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  4. The english for those wood pieces is two by two's. Such a great idea, and a lovely home. It's fun for me to see the photos you take, especially because my family lives in Bergen and I live in the United States. It also makes me very homesick. : )

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  5. wooww!! that's inspiring... :) maybe i'm going to take your example and build some furniture for me and my lovely wife? hmm...

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  6. The table looks really good!!

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  7. i love hearing about the construction! and i love furniture that has a story behind it. so much more character.

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  8. genialt. 14 personer. perfekt antall.

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  9. It was an honor having had good food at that table several times already :)

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  10. that's such an awesome story and table- way to go astrid & sølve!

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  11. Hey. Vettu hva? Tusen takk. Vi skal bygge hus, og trenger slikt et bord, -og kroner å spare her og der. Takk for at du lagde bord, enkelt og flott, vi hermer!

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  12. wow! I love the story of the table. i would love to build one...one day. an inspiration indeed.

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  13. wow, that's impressing. and super beautiful!

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  14. Astrid, what a beautiful and inspiring story. I hope you and S0lve enjoy many, many wonderful gatherings with friends at your love filled table :O)

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  15. i love this table!! thank you so much for posting this!!

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  16. Kom over din fine blogg:) Forr et herlig bord, inspirerende! (Vi har nemlig alt for lite bord...) "Slår" bordet seg veldig sånn at det blir glipper mellom, eller går det bra?

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  17. Astrid, I have been a follower of your Flickr for a long time and I am so glad I stumbled upon this blog of yours. And then... this post! I love love the idea of this. I will try and ask my husband if we could somehow make one :) It looks awesome! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. Jane@ white dressing table5 August 2012 at 10:42

    It's great work!

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