How to Build a Custom Craft Table

Created on Wednesday, 12 May 2004 11:54
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After my daughter moved out, I took over her old bedroom.  I kept the old wall and carpet colors, and painted the craft table to match. This unique work table is made from an old homemade table I salvaged.  I added drawers that I found in someone's garbage, and used my old scrap deck lumber to build the bottom shelf.  It is massive, measuring 8 feet long, 44½ inches deep and 39 inches high.  There's plenty of room for my craft friends.

I made a bottom drawer base and cut out holes to insert these four drawers I found in the garbage.  They are the exact length I needed to take advantage of all the space. 

The other side is where I built this tool box.  The table top had been made from gluing 3 pieces of boards together.  I was able to crack off one of the end boards, and fasten hinges, connecting it to the other piece.  After building a bottom, I was able to create this huge tool box with a flip up lid.

A salvaged a wire flower basket I found in someone's garbage, and fastened it to one the side to hold supplies.

The other side holds a large roll of brown craft paper.  I made it from an old piece of copper pipe I found in the garbage.  I used two curtain rod holders to hold it in place.  Then, I attached two drawer pulls on either end of the pipe, one of which can be removed to insert a new roll of paper.

Old decking 2" x 4" lumber was used to make a bottom shelf, then topped and trimmed with a piece of 1/8" laminate to make it look like it is a solid piece of wood.  It also makes a great place to prop up my feet while working. It's sturdy enough to hold heavy paint cans and other supplies.  I added a couple of 4" x 4" supports in the middle section.

Here's a picture of what the table looked like in its raw form before I made the base to set it on.  As you can see, it wouldn't be hard to make this portion since it is just made out of 1 x 6 boards bolted together to the upper leg portions.

Here you can see how it was pieced together after I made the base.  See the big board on the floor?  I tried to fill in some big recessed sections on the top that were inset with tiles by the original owner.  But, it was such a mess, that I decided it would be easier to flip the top over, so I had a smoother top.  I built a platform for the table and notched out some rounded impressions where the table legs could seat down inside.  This way, the table won't slide off the base, and can later be disassembled if we move.  (Which we actually did already since this was posted, and it worked out great!).

The table was lightly sanded where necessary, primed and painted with oil-based Rust-Oleum, using painter's tape to create the diamond pattern.

It took me about three days to make, but most of that time was figuring out what to use around the house.

I've made crafts since I can remember, and now have somewhere to organize all my supplies, and work in a room that gives me more inspiration to be creative.

The best part of it is it only cost me $10 to buy a 4' x 8' - 1/8" laminate for the bottom shelf.  The top table portion was given to me for some work I did for a friend, and everything else was what I had on hand.

Hope you enjoyed my blog about my craft table.  It was also featured in the Cincinnati Enquirer.  They came to my house to do a story on my patented invention and saw the table and decided to include it in the story.  You may want to check out my BLADEater invention.  It is a holster that has a built-in blade snapper for segmented utility knives.