Craft Table with Storage

My wife Erika really wanted a Cricut Imagine machine so she could use it for her scrap booking. For those of you who don’t know what that is like I didn’t. It’s an expensive machine that you put expensive paper and expensive cartridges in and it cuts out expensive little shapes/people/animals.. whatever. This one is a little fancier because it can print too.

It’s actually pretty cool but she wasn’t using it even after she begged for it. Turns out she couldn’t use it because she didn’t have anywhere to use it.. Same goes for the sewing machine that came later but at least that came after the table was built.

So.. for Christmas I decided to give her a custom-made craft table so she could be all crafty to her heart’s content.

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This whole table is made out of some cheap soft pine. The legs were 4″x4″ which I routed out most of the center of to make it fancy. I did try to pick up some table legs at Home Depot but they were all too short 
for how tall I wanted the table. 
I used the same design as I used for the window frame shelf  but later wished that I used wooden dowels to hook the centers together.

 

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After sanding and everything I put on a nice black stain and put on lacquer on the shelf, legs and bottom of the table top. Then I got some bar top resin and covered the top with a nice thick coat. Even though the table top came out nice I learned quite a few things about putting on that resin.

So now that she’s got her craft table, I’m waiting for some more craftiness. She did use it quite a bit to make our wedding decorations but I’m still waiting for her to use her cricut or sewing machine which it was originally made for.

Lessons Learned

  1. Make it shorter so I can use store-bought table legs. The ones I made were nice but they took a long time and the 3rd row of half sized storage containers wasn’t worth it. Plus we had to get a chair that was 24″ high which is between a normal computer chair and a tall bar stool..
  2. When using resin to cover a table top, make sure it is 100% solid. the top piece is made of about 11 pieces doweled and glued together. Needless to say, some of the seams weren’t 100% air tight and the epoxy resin kept going through in these spots. I had to spend quite a bit of time reworking these areas to get the resin to be level. (Maybe some lacquer before the resin would help in this case.)
  3. If you don’t need the resin then use formica or another suitable counter top. Each box of resin was about 25 bucks and I needed two which made it over 1/2 the cost of the whole project.

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