Not more than one day with my new table, and drama strikes! The action is supposed to happen on the table, not to the table. Here's what I found when I entered the garage yesterday while enjoying my cup of morning coffee.
This morning Tim came by with his friend, Mike Pop (not sure on the spelling of his last name). Mike P is a professional carpenter. In about two minutes he essentially told me I was hosed. Pine is not a good choice for drier than hell Arizona. He graciously offered to take the top back to his shop and put on some MDF siding.
I was expecting Mike to slap on some basic siding and call it done. I hadn't expected all the incredible work he put into it. He didn't have enough MDF to make strips of the right size, so he actually joined two pieces together. It was amazing; I can't even tell where the joins are now. Then he sanded everything down and rounded the edges. Here's what those table edges look like after Mike finished.
So Tim and I took it back to the house and after doing some other stuff in the afternoon (like getting lunch!), we came back and started painting. Tim helped me with getting down the base coats for the trim. Then he took off for the day. I stayed at it to finish painting the second coats on the trim and the first coats of the top and panels. A dust storm blew through while I was painting inside the box. I had my garage door open and crap got all over the sides! I had to pick out the big stuff. It doesn't look too bad.
Here's what I've got so far.
Those edges don't look too shabby now, do they?! I've got touch up painting to do and a second coat for all the light colors. But I'll get that done tomorrow morning. Tim volunteered to come by and help me move it into the house. It only weights a ton, now that I've added all that MDF siding. By tomorrow night I should have a gaming table in my house! Woot! I'll post up when the table lands in its final destination.