My son and daughter (let's just call them the Doctors), have a small outdoor patio. A normal sized patio table and chairs would use up all their space. I had seen a really cool looking table posted to the ana-white site, and thought I could scale it down to the size they needed. And, they had an anniversary coming up so I had an excuse to build something totally unnecessary, just interesting!
I was going along, feeling really smug about creating this really interesting design when I noticed that almost every piece of wood I'd screwed into place had split! I was pretty disappointed, and painstakingly began removing screws to see if I could salvage any of the material. As it turned out, I had to make another trip to Home Depot for additional pine, but was able to reuse some of my original lumber.
I had to get over my fear of using my husband's old circular saw to get the legs cut out, and I threw out a few 2x4's before I got them right!
In the end, I was surprised at how nicely it turned out. Chairs - who would have thought that I could make chairs? They actually should have been sanded more on the edges, but my lovely daughter-in-law said not to worry about it, they'd just buy some cushions. Hooray! My son says the seats are fairly comfortable as is, but I think he'll welcome the cushions, too.