Inspiration: Sew Your Own Table

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It being Bastille Day, we were poking around the Marie Claire Maison site and came across this table, put together by Paola Navone during her renovation, when her guests were on their way but her furniture hadn't yet been delivered. A solution to a problem that might have vexed most of us was easily solved...

Cobbled together from five wood planks that were on the site, red string and three trestles and then quickly limed, it reminded us of a favorite chair we'd seen at ICFF and underscored for us what can be done with a little ingenuity and a lot of imagination. This is one of those ideas we wish we'd come up with and which we'll definitely tuck away to use in the future.

While there are no instructions in the article, here's our best guesstimate on how to "sew" wood. But if anyone with carpentery experience has suggestions, please let us know in the comments!


  • Drill holes in your wood. Here, it looks like Paola drilled 2 holes about 1/2 to 1 apart, spaced out along the length of her plank about two feet apart, about a 1/2 in from the end.
  • Drill corresponding holes on your second piece.
  • FIt your pieces together and "sew" them. This piece was meant to be a temporary option so her "thread" may have been as simple as strong cording.

[Image via Marie Claire Maison]

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