Every year, we host Thanksgiving and I love to set a formal table for sit-down meals. We frequently have a few extra guests than our dining room table accommodates so we usually grab a few folding tables to fit the extras. It bothers me that the tables sit at different heights and widths, the extra table legs get in the way, the tables feel weak and never quite look right. Through the years, I've worked with the challenges but have not loved result.
Last year we were hosting fourteen adult guests, which is two more than my table accommodates. Since one of our folding tables needed to be replaced, we searched online for new ones. We could not find anything close to what we were looking for, so we searched for alternatives but came up short.
Talking through our needs and wants, we came up with a weekend project that helped us scrap the folding tables yet enabled us to comfortably seat more than twelve guests.