Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's taken some time, but I'm moved into my new 1/2 size studio space where I've moved all my letterpress stuff.  Once I had the presses and type and so on moved over, I realized I needed a work table.   Using a plan found online, my husband and I built this awesome and quite massive table.  The plans had a few mistakes in the measurements but we managed to work around them.  My enhancement was to put on wheels.  I collect them off of discarded metal things at our town's recycling center.  I look for the ball bearing kind and fortunately I had four nice ones.  They aren't the kind that have brakes which we were worried about.  The table moves easily but I think it's stable enough without the brakes.   The stain I first put on  emphasized the plywood aspect too much, so I painted over it with a nice neutral greenish gray.   The etching press in the background is not mine--it's in the other half of the studio which belongs to another artist.
Now, it's time to get some work done!


Annie B said...

Nice table! Do you sit or stand when you work?

Lynn said...

Hi Annie,
I am expecting to stand although I have an extra high office chair. It's kind of like a bar stool with a back that I found by the side of the road. I had to decide how tall to make this table and I'm only 4'11" tall so it was a critical decision. I went with pretty much the height in the original directions except that I subtracted the height of the wheels from the wood. So if I remember right it's 36 or 37" high. That's way more than waist high for me but good for setting type in a chase and might be ideal if I bring my carving thingie that I made with inspiration from Graham Scholes thingie.