Kid Drawing Table

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Project by bigbuddha posted 02-19-2012 03:56 AM 2053 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This table started as a project to learn more hand tools and I thought it’d be fun to make a table for my 3 year old daughter…tea parties, drawing, art table, etc. This was done with 95% hand tools and definitely was a workout (and test of patience)! Did cheat with the circular saw to help me cut the stock down quickly (no shooting board yet). My workbench is a cafetaria table bumped against my other “workbench” that is loaded with tools to avoid any movement hahahaha.

I used 1×6 lumber from the big box store to cut down on costs and not feel bad if I terribly messed things up. The original design was based on the IKEA roll of paper. The paper is held into place by 1 1/4” dowels glued into sliding dovetail holders to make changing the roll easy. Kid insisted on painting it yellow. I used 3 Rockler torsion hinges to make sure the table never slams down on her hands. The table was pretty cheap to build, think it was under $20….until I bought the hinges :). I’ve loaded it up with all her art supplies, stickers. Thanks for looking!

-- helen

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 04:17 AM

Great idea well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 04:40 AM

Great project nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 06:40 AM

That’s great, the projects for the little ones are always the most rewarding. By the way looking at the mess on that table I thought it was my workshop, then I realized mine is not that neat LOL :-)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 12:04 PM

Handsome table, smart thinking on not smashing small fingers.
-thanks also for showing good workshop reality; nice work can come without five-figure$ in machinery or a Roubo/Klauz/Frid monster bench

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 01:36 PM

Nice table! Good job! A keepsake for sure!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 01:47 PM

Great job!! Like the design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 02-19-2012 04:41 PM

Cool table. I really like the spooling paper option. Nice lines and balance to this little gem.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 05:51 PM

Thank you for all the kind words!! My daughter is super excited with it and sat down immediately to explore and draw on it :)!!

-- helen

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 08:09 PM

I really like it. How did you attach the legs to the skirt?

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 09:49 PM

I did mortise/tenon for the apron to leg attachment. Was definitely a good practice :)

-- helen

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#11 posted 10-18-2015 09:49 PM

Very nice build and a very practical table!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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