Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Worktable!

Back in October I did a post on my desire to build a new work table for my studio.  I wanted it to be counter height to make is easier on my back. 

click here to go to that post

I used this plan to work from, it is from Ana-White.com, click on photo to go to her site. 

Easy Kitchen Island Plans

I made it to my own specs.  I wanted it to measure the same as the distance between the outer edges of my studio windows.


I used as much scrap lumber around this house that I could scrounge up, I had enough scrap 4x4’s for 3 of the legs but had to invest in a new one for the fourth leg.
I painted them with the sky blue I used on my bookcase.


I had purchased a Kreg Jig kit just for this job but it will be handy for any other furniture projects I choose to do and after cutting my teeth on this table I am ready for more.  Here I am attaching the side apron to the legs, you can see my Kreg jig joints.  I pre-painted the outside of the apron.


I attached the second side apron and stood them up to realize I had put the Kreg Jig holes in the painted side, oh well, I am used to fixing my goof ups.  It will be easy enough to paint this side later.


With this Kreg Jig kit there was an added attachment I just love. It is a little dealy bobber that lets me attach my vacuum hose to the Kreg Jig and as I drill the holes the sawdust is cleaned right up.  Now I don’t have to worry about pesky sawdust flying all about my studio when I build things in its heated comfort.


I was doing something wrong and had to go get Mr Builder (aka: husband) to come and help me figure out why my screws just kept spinning instead of tightening up to the wood. 


My Kreg Jig instruction book said to make sure the clutch on the screw gun was set very loosely and I thought I had but it was still too tight so hubby loosened it and voila, success in getting tight joints.


After the base was assembled I started the attach the supports for the shelf. 


I was very precise on my measurements.  I knew I wanted the basket I stash my brown paper for shipping in to fit under the shelf so I set it up against the legs, set a board on it to add an extra bit of space and used it to set the level.  I know, very high tech. It worked just fine despite its being so humble a method.


Then I painted the shelf.


I placed the shelf on its support and worked on the top.  I went for white for contrast.  I am going to coat the shelf and top with varathane to make it easier to wipe down and it is all ready to use.


I forgot to mention we used 3/4 inch plywood we had left from another project for the top and shelf, this is a more utilitarian table than an aesthetically pleasing one and it was easier and faster than individual boards plus, it was free.

I calculated the total cost for this and it came to just under $30 to build so in this one project I more than paid for the cost of the Kreg Jig Kit!

The lower shelf will work great for freshly base painted boards to dry out of the way. 


Earlier in the day I was attempting to reacquaint myself with my point and shoot camera.  The battery in my DSLR died on me earlier in the day, I forget to check its level, though I use it nearly everyday it lasts for months. 


The shots I got that show me from the waist down I will use to help convince myself to start my walking routine again.  They will be very effective to keeping me motivated.  Actually I was getting a before shot of my painting jeans, I am going to spruce them up by painting designs on them rather than just having paint spots and patches all over.


These are well worn jeans.   After these shots my husband had no trouble convincing me to take a walk with him.  I definitely need to shape up!  I need all the motivation I can get so I will have to keep a photo log of myself.

I took photos of our walk.  We have been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and the lack of snow.  I will share our bare ground in my next post! 

Let me know how you like my work table!


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  1. You did a great job. It looks like a very sturdy work surface. Nice color too.

  2. I love this plan! I know exactly what you mean about needing if "for your back" Stooping over is a big problem for me as well. The colors are so cheery! Thanks for sharing!

  3. The table turned out beautiful Pam!! I love the color too. I think you look beautiful and I love well worn jeans, they are my favorite. :)
    Enjoy your day.

  4. Great table Pam and using plywood is better than separate boards. You look great to me and your attire is the same as what I wear on a daily basis!

  5. That table is awesome for your studio, it would be a gorgeous island for a kitchen too...love that aqua blue :)

  6. WOW!! I love the job you did here!Great looking table:)) Deidre~ Im following you please stop over and follow me too:) http://simplysimplisticated4.blogspot.com

  7. Gorgeous job!! A kreg jig is my next buy...

  8. Fabulous job, really like it! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great table! I know what you mean about counter height. I just made myself a new work table using base kitchen cabinets and a solid core wood door for the top. I want one of those Kreg jig kits!! Thanks for sharing!

  10. great table...love the cool color you painted it...lovw it

  11. Great work table! The color, the lines, the height, it's all perfect! I'd love something similar for myself. I'd be thrilled if you'd swing by and link this (and any other posts you'd like to show off) up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com ~Jen

  12. Followed over from your bench post on The Shabby Nest. I am really drooling over this worktable now! I wish I had seen this simple tutorial last week when there was major construction going on down the street - the dumpsters were picked up yesterday!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  13. That's a perfect work table! I love the idea of using the bottom shelf for a drying rack. Pretty, functional and easy to build. Great job!

  14. You are so talented! I love the color too. Great job :)

  15. Great looking work bench. You make it look so easy!

  16. I know this post is old, but I just cam across your blog. I love this table and just might make myself one for my soaping studio. I am also working on one of those plastic folding tables currently.


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