After buying a house, my wife was looking at full size dining room tables since we had a real dining room and only had a smaller table. My wife found a table she loved, though it was way too expensive. So I told her I could build one just like it, for a lot cheaper. So I drew it out after some online research, bought the lumber, and went to work. The building went pretty smooth. I did not realize how long it would take to sand the table top. This was also my first time staining anything nearly this size, so I was slightly panicked while staining and was trying to ensure the color was similar (within reason). I also made benches for one side of the table. I stained the entire table and the painted the bottom so I could sand the paint down to the stain to make it look worn. I learned a lot from building the table and now I can't stop building things. I have a whole house to fill with furniture that I can build!!