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Crafting Executive; Building a Table

09 February 2010

If you are lucky enough to have a craft space, a large table is a must.  I mean you have to have room to spread out all the junk supplies.

I have had one planned for a while.  At first I wanted saw horse legs (remember this plan and sketch).  Luckily, before we built it I thought of a cooler idea, not that sawhorses are not cool but... I mean what could be cooler than legs that form an X.  We sketched it out a few times, then turned it over to the expert, Mr Remodelaholic to build it.

He built it exclusively from scrap wood that we had in the garage.  That is, an old plywood shelf from some friends garage (they moved), old 2 x 4's, old beat up base boards and some mis-mixed paint.  (We did decide to buy some plexi-glass for the top.)

Here is the project.  These are the supplies we started with:

Remember, "There is no better safety rule than to wear these, safety glasses."  Name that show....

We don't remember the exact angles that it was cut to, sorry.  
Technically, we built this in November and December... I am just a little behind.
Here are the pieces fitted together after cutting out that little notch.  
He made a set of these legs.
We put the support on the bottom back because I didn't want to hit my shins on it.
We realized at this point that we needed 
to add some molding to finish off the front and side edges. 
I caulked the edge after installing it.
The top was really uneven.  I should have used wood filler, but I was lazy and used plaster, 
this made it absolutely essential to have a plexi-glass top.
What do you think of our table?
We were going to have the horizontal support along that bottom, but decided not to, should we put it in there anyway (see table above, I am talking about that board along the floor)

Oh, and while surfing over at Robert Allen I saw this table.  
So, I think it is safe to say that my mostly free table rocks!

I am joining these parties, and these check them out!


Carmie of The Single Nester February 9, 2010 at 12:03 PM  

Great table! I do have one question, after the paint layer, did you top it off with a layer of something to protect the finish of the table? If so, what did you use?

Remodelaholic February 9, 2010 at 1:29 PM  


I didn't, although I might want to later. I did cover the top of the table with plexi glass, to protect it. The other portions of the table were drinking in the paint so I am not really worried about it getting scratched up! Hope that helps.

If I did do a protective coat, it would have been a water based poly.

2sisters February 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

I love the table, and the shelf above it is a great idea! How handy to have some of your stuff within reach but not on your work surface!

Frugal Home Design February 9, 2010 at 5:36 PM  

That looks great. It looks like it is going to be a very functional space. Is that pegboard I see above the table?

this blessed nest February 14, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

i'm jealous. that's what came to my mind, first!
second, you make it look so easy. it looks gorgeous. like it is ready for a magazine photo shoot.
great job.

Sheri February 15, 2010 at 9:34 AM  

That looks really great!!!! I bet I could size it down for a table for the front porch!

Eileen @ Star's Fault February 15, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

I agree, your mostly free table does ROCK. Love this, simple, elegant. Works for me.

Blessings ~ Eileen @ Star's Fault

Low Tide High Style February 15, 2010 at 6:46 PM  

Your free table does rock! I like it even better than the Robert Allen one!

Kat :)

Diann @ The thrifty Groove February 15, 2010 at 10:18 PM  

I would love to have a small of this size! Thattable works great for a crafting table!

Bunny Jeans Decor... and More! February 16, 2010 at 12:17 AM  

That is one nice craft table! You could also tuck pictures, clippings or craft instructions under the plexiglass.

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Denise Marie February 16, 2010 at 5:03 AM  

It rocks! You remind me of a buddy from high school. Her and her hubby have the same obsession. They have built cabinets, beds, tables. You go girlie!

Anonymous,  February 16, 2010 at 6:29 AM  

LOVE the table but no one picked up on your New Yankee Workshop Quote by Norm!!


Kacey @ Shes.No.Martha

malkah February 16, 2010 at 7:12 AM  

Once installed in MY house, you'd never see the surface again! great job. Looking forward to seeing you at Creative Jewish Mom next week.

Laurie Turk February 16, 2010 at 10:43 AM  

It turned out amazing! I'm always in awe of people who can turn a picture into reality. Great job!

Chari February 16, 2010 at 2:15 PM  


Your crafting table turned out fabulous!!! What a great way to repurpose a few pieces of wood...very creative, my friend! Love where you place your new table in your craft room...right under the shelf...sooo nice! Love it! Hmmm...I like the table as is...I don't think that adding the horizontal supports are necessary! Thanks for sharing your table project with us...so very inspirational!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Abbi February 16, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

Very nice! It looks very cute and functional and Free is always good!

Kimm at Reinvented February 16, 2010 at 9:01 PM  

Great table, I would love to have a work surface like that! Thanks for linking up!

Nicole February 17, 2010 at 11:14 AM  

Love what you did with scraps! I like the table as is as long as you think you have enough support. Enjoy!

Kim February 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM  

Oh - this would be just be perfect for my husband's office! He's not very handy, though, I wonder if he would consider this....

Tiff @ Making The World Cuter February 17, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

I featured this project today on my show-offs! Thanks for sharing it with me! http://makingtheworldcuter.blogspot.com/

Sugar Mommy February 17, 2010 at 10:32 PM  

This is awesome, and quite possibly the answer to our kitchen table delimma. Thanks for sharing!

MuseBootsi February 18, 2010 at 9:19 AM  

Amazing! I use my drafting table. Which rhymes with crafting table. So I'm almost there!

bec4 February 18, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

OM Goodness, it is fabulous. i want to build one now and can thanks to your detailed descriptions. thanks for linking up!

The Persimmon Perch February 18, 2010 at 5:03 PM  

I love it! Great way to use your scraps! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

creative jewish mom February 18, 2010 at 5:11 PM  

Wow great job! Sorry it took me all week to get to your link, I hope you'll come back to craft schooling Sunday again this week. You're a valuable member of the party! All the best.

Quilting in My Pyjamas February 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM  

Looks just like something bought out of an expensive store.

Love it! (Writing this down so I can talk Mr. Pyjamas into making me one )

Leigh of Bloggeritaville February 18, 2010 at 10:16 PM  

WOW! Yours is beautifuL! Thanks for linking up to Thrifty Thursday this week!
Tales from Bloggeritaville

Jennifer February 19, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

Impressive, and you made it look really easy! How long did the whole project take? Will bookmark this post. :)

Threeundertwo February 19, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Amazing. Hard to believe those ingredients made that table. I thought I was handy when I used 2 sawhorses and an old door.

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking February 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

LOVE your table... wish I had a "craft space"... nothing better than to create in a cute space! Thanks for sharing at the POPP.

Lori February 20, 2010 at 5:15 AM  

This turned out great.

Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thurs. at Life As Lori

Please join me next week for another great party!

Andy Porter February 20, 2010 at 1:35 PM  

I love it!! I want it!!! I NEED IT!!! Thanks for the link! It's always a pleasure to have you on Creative Cats!

debbie February 22, 2010 at 8:48 AM  

Wow.. great table,, love that it was made with stuff you already had.. I think that saying is off New Yankee Workshop?? Thanks for sharing.

Heather@ My Frugal Family February 22, 2010 at 4:38 PM  

So handy!! I love it! I would love to work with wood more, but Nick isn't a tool guy, so I don't just have the good tools laying around- it'll be a while!

Thank you so much for linking up with the Talented Tuesday link party at My Frugal Family, which is hosted every Tuesday. Please feel free to stop back in every week and post your newest projects!

Anonymous,  February 25, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

FABULOUS table, however I am not sure if I will have the time to build one or figure it out so it would come out perfectly like yours! such a beauty.

Miss Mustard Seed February 25, 2010 at 11:23 AM  

That is an awesome table! What a great work area and I love the legs. You guys are good.

Angie - treasuresfortots@gmail.com February 27, 2010 at 1:29 PM  

Thank you for sharing your awesome project at Thursday’s Treasures last week! Come share your crafty projects in this week’s Thursday’s Treasures too!

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