Your family is coming over for Thanksgiving. Your brother is bringing his girlfriend and the neighbors that first declined your invitation are now going to make it. The more the merrier, right? You're happy to have the extra people, but visions of grandma balancing a plate of turkey on her lap while sitting on the couch, or sending your 15 year -old cousin to the kid's table are not your idea of a relaxed holiday meal.
If you have 1 hour and $40, Tim Carter will show you how to build a big dining room table
. If you have no table at all, you'll need two empty cable reels and a large piece of plywood. You'll find the cable reels at an electrical part distribution center. They should have a bunch of them out behind the warehouse.
The cost should be minimal, and they might even give you a couple in holiday spirit. The plywood can be found at your local lumber store. You'll be covering it with a table cloth so you don't need to worry too much about imperfections.
Tim's site offers full instructions and pictures. When the table is covered, you'd never guess that it's a temporary hack. Invite the kids back to the table. It's the perfect quick fix for your Thanksgiving
dinner, and it will be useful again when you have Christmas
If you already have a table, use that as your base and add plywood on top to make it bigger. Be careful that you don't end up with all the food on one end or somebody will be wearing it!