Remember the time two single women living in Seattle built a modern dining table that not only fit perfectly in a small 1950s house but also sustained the best friendsgiving ever? We began this process as most individuals do, shopping for a dining table without finding the exact statement piece within our price range. We faced three primary roadblocks: slightly different styles, budget constraints and a small dining room. The solution? Design and build a dining table ourselves! The Design Process: Step 1: Start with a Pinterest board filled with inspiration (duh). Step 2: Place chairs, plates, wine glasses, etc on floor to map out the perfect length, width and height. Step 3: A few sketches and double checking of the math and you’re all set. Pro Tip: Having an accountant as a housemate to check your math and measurements will make the rest of the process seamless. The Assembly: Step 1: Grab some wood from a local lumber yard. Step 2: Cut wood to size Step 3: Assemble the table top. Pro Tip: This part of the process is the most difficult. Having a cute, small dog on hand to provide emotional support is key. Step 4: Attach the legs and additional support beams. Step 5: Sand and seal as desired. Step 6: After about 8 hours of labor the table is done and ready to be tested out with autumn cocktails and Settlers of Catan. As with every new project, I learn and get better at what I do. Now that I own a circular saw and have completed my first woodworking project I am no longer considered merely “crafty”, but have graduated to “handy”. The result of this project was an awesome piece that cost us half of what we expected to spend. It was built with thoughtfulness, lots of fun, and without gender-driven helplessness.