After learning about the sisters, Chris & I took some time to focus on making our house work for a family of seven. We decorated our bedroom, bought new furniture for the den, broke down the boys’ bunk beds to give them their own bedroom spaces, & decided to go bigger in the kitchen – we needed a table that would comfortably seat all of us.
All of the tables I liked were simple with straight lines, yet they all ran at least $500. I emailed a few pictures to my grandfather (a former engineer & virtual know-it-all), asking him how hard he thought it would be to build one ourselves. Papa took things into his own hands. This 84 year-old man, after whom we named our son, built us a dining room table. He brought it down this weekend, when he & my Nina came to visit from Asheville, NC.
It’s somewhere between six & seven feet long, made of cedar & steel.
My brother & dad helped bring it and set it up.
Papa placed a dedication plaque on the underside of the table.
The sisters’ names are to be announced…
Chris is building a bench for one side, and chairs will go on the other.
Of course, highchairs will be sprinkled in for the next several years!
This is how we decided to set it up in our dining space.
But the table fun didn’t stop there. On Monday morning, Papa showed up on our doorstep around 8am. He & Chris went to the hardware store and had this to show for it, several hours later…
Side note: notice Papa’s trailer, on the right side of the photo? It’s actually the front axle from his dad’s 1930’s Model-T Ford. Amazing!
We have a picnic table! There’s even a hole in the middle for an umbrella. It’s perfect for our back patio! Just in time for spring, too. We’ve already enjoyed several meals at it.
Glorious. And just for memory’s sake, the schematics to the project are forever in plain view in our den.
THANKS FOR THE LEGACY,
KENNETH AMES MAULTSBY, SR.