The weight of a piece of furniture is inversely proportional to its price.
When Son moved out to his own apartment (yesssss, adulting! but ach, I miss him!) he took some furniture from our house. We did not allow him to take the dining room table, as it is currently needed here for storing mail, dishes, campaign literature, and baked goods. Occasionally we use it for Shabbat dinner.
Son moved on a Saturday; he had invited a couple friends over for Sunday evening to play games. For this, he needed a Dining Room Table Of One’s Own. On Sunday right after I got home from church Son called me and said, “Let’s go shopping for a table.” I said, no thanks, but he said he needed my car to transport the table. Okay, fine.
We went to one Goodwill, which had nothing. We went to another Goodwill, which had a very beat-up dining room table, but just the right size for his needs. Price: One dollar. I wrote it out in words because if I had put it in numerals you would think I had mismarked the decimal point. (It was marked down from $10.)
Price: $1. Weight: 10 tons.
According to my exhaustive research of looking at one random website, particleboard can be twice as dense as actual real wood. I do not know nor care what Son’s ‘new’ table is made of, I just know that it was damn heavy.
|Son's table, squinched in my car|
So then it was up to Son and weakling-me to carry it out of Goodwill, squinch it into the back of my car, carry it out of the car, up the steps, and into his apartment. We got it done, but I needed to sleep extra on Sunday night.
|It cleans up real nice!|
Hint to the wise: If you are going to Goodwill to buy furniture, bring a tape measure AND two screwdrivers (flathead and Philips head). That way, if you need to, you can detach the legs for transportation (not the son’s legs, but the table’s legs).
|The 'new' table can also be used to store puzzle pieces.|
Dear Reader, what is currently stored on your table?
I'm not home so I can't say for sure but probably a cat.
Placemats, crumbs, and probably a book and a coffee cup -- but only because we're currently empty nesters and I spend most of my time elevating the ankle.
You're right about particle board being heavy but my mother's old solid oak table is not exactly lightweight.
That's REALLY good furniture shopping advice about the screwdrivers. Never thought of that.
G's football gear, a football, a lazy-susan with a candle and napkins in a basket.
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