Hi Mike, it's 12:30 pm and I had to email! First of all, the table arrived about 3:00 pm today. I was scared to my wit ends when I saw the packaging. My hope was to unpack, assemble and get the table up by the time hubby came home. He's battling cancer and I had hoped I could do most of the work and have him only help with finishing assembly. The crate stunned me. But.. I went at it little by little. Peeling off the cardboard layers, shrink wrap, and strapping. Then I saw the table in there. I was so excited! This big huge package would no longer intimidate me! I pulled down one cardboard side piece and wrestled the top out! Next came the base and fitting pieces. I got all of those things laid on the cardboard and again stared at the massive crate! Not having any power saw skills, I figured I could at least strip it down to only wood. I cut all of the cardboard into small pieces to fit into the recycling bin. I stared again at the massive crate! Rain suddenly came and I had to stop working! I was so bummed. In the meantime I called my construction working brother in-law and asked him if he could help me quickly dispose of the crate. He couldn't, so I pushed it up against the wall so hubby would only see the table first. Upon his arrival home he spotted the table in pieces and was awed by the workmanship! I knew he would be worried about the crate, but seeing the table made him as excited as me! We quickly ate dinner and he wanted to tackle the table right away! But first he wanted to break the crate down!
We got the electric saw out and began breaking down the crate, had it almost in one box and my brother in-law showed up. He put all of the lumber scrapes in his truck and said let's do the table! This was more than I could ask for! I wanted the table up so badly, but my husband is very weak from the cancer and I was just happy for today to have the crate taken apart!
We had a table assembling party with brother in- law doing all of the screwing. My husband was able to work with his youngest brother and we were all amazed at the wonderful craftsmanship! My Brother in-law has been in carpentry for 20 years and he was in so impressed with the details, cuts, and quality! My husband loved the color and couldn't believe how beautiful it was. It got dark out but nobody wanted to stop. I brought out a canister light and we worked to finish! By 10 pm it was assembled, on the deck and I was so elated!
I tell you all of this because this very well might be the last project we do together! While I could have had an assembled table delivered from a local vendor, this table project was truly in God's plan! My brother in-law has felt helpless not being able to do much for my husband. I know that he drove away feeling so good about having the productive bonding time, as did I ! Please tell your carpenters they made a beautiful table and a gift of a memory! It brought us together for an evening and made for a everlasting moment! It's perfect!
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for speeding up the delivery process, having the most wonderful woodworkers, and delivering the table exactly as promised! I treasure each moment I have left with my husband and hopefully we can have many dinners, breakfasts, and quiet moments yet sitting at our table!
I will send a picture when daylight comes! It is absolutely perfect!
Mary B. from Wisonsin
Purchased on 7/28/2012: Amish 4' x 6' Oval Poly Patio Table