In the Part 1 post I outlined how we came to the conclusion that we were going to build a game table. Near the end of that post, I mentioned that Emily’s dad had bought us a table saw. It took us about 3 hours to put the saw together and had many different frustrations while doing so. There were times that the directions didn’t tell us everything that we needed to know, and times that the directions were confusing. On at least one occasion, Emily and I had differing opinions of what the directions were telling us to do. Ultimately, we got it completely put together.
The pictures below show our progress while putting it together.
After the saw was together, we made a trek to the Home Depot near our house to purchase the wood that we need for top of the table (not the table top, just everything but the legs). As I mentioned in the previous post, we had priced this out around $300 – $400 and were pretty confident in that number.
While we were at the store, Emily and I decided that the plans needed to change ever so slightly. Our original plan had called for 6 inch sides, but this seemed like it would be a bit too deep, so we ended up going with 3 inches. The cart was loaded with 16 maple boards with lengths anywhere from 7 feet to 12 feet. We also had a few pieces of plywood for the table surface.
When we checked out, we knew exactly what to expect the total to be . . .
. . . Except that wasn’t what the total was, it was several hundred dollars more expensive. Being the person that I am, I got very frustrated and told Em that this would be our first and last project. Obviously we had made a horrible mistake while we were pricing this out and missed many, many feet of boards. The change in plans had completely goofed us up.
That was until we got to the car and I was loading the wood. Emily started reviewing the receipt and saw that the cashier had charged us for 172 feet of 1” X 3” boards. Our table is only 6’ X 4’, we don’t need 172 feet of anything. Emily went back in to talk to the cashier, but was greeted with, “but you had a lot of wood”. Yes, we had bought a lot of wood, but not that much.
While Emily was inside, I decided to do the math on what we had actually bought (64 feet) and tried to figure out how that mistake could have been made. Meanwhile, Em was sent out to the car to find out how much we actually had purchased. When she returned inside, she was directed to the customer service desk where they refunded us over $200.
We arrived home, did some rearranging in the garage and were now ready to start.
Related posts: Game Table Part 1