Even though the summer has come to an end, I decided it was time for some new furniture for my small garden in the city. I looked in different stores, but for a student the prices were very much out of range. I then decided that perhaps it would be cheaper to build by myself and an interesting project as I've never worked with wood in a 1:1 scale.
I came across the plans for the fancy x, table and farmhouse table and figured that it should be something like that. I made the table and benches in Sketchup, but wasn't really sure about a variety of the aesthetic solutions. I then tweeked it and tried to come up with a new design for the benches that would mach the x shape without just repeating it, and i came up with the final design through a lot of experimentation. The benches can be made by a complete novice, and the table is also quite easy if you have the necessary tools. I'll give it a finish this spring, perhaps just paint it. I've received very good feedback on the project, and even though the benches are quite fancy, you sit very well in them and I think the aesthetics are somewhat accounted for by the easy assembly and comfort.
Thanks for the inspiration, and I hope it will inspire you to build even more!
The plan is in millimeters, and the planks are standard european sizes, but it should translate ok.
PLAN Direct Download: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/2622939/X%20Diningtable%20with%20fancy%20bench…