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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

So Much for Peace and Quiet...

When I woke up this morning, the Terrible Two were still sitting, staring at the Ouija Board...

I was still thinking about what table I wanted to use, so went into the dreaded workroom to see what else I had.

I found it!  And a very fast tutorial for you.

A round black lacquered table is just the thing and it fits better than any of the others.

It is one that I made when I was working on another project and, like this one, I changed my mind on what to use....I seem to do that a lot. 

Anyway, it's so simple.  The bottom is a black wooden lacquered chess piece with the top cut off horizontally.  Then I decided how big I wanted the top and cut out a circle from 3/32 bass wood.  I painted it black and put a coat of gloss varnish on it to match the base and glued it on.  That's it.

With smaller chess pieces, you can make various other side tables and stools.  All you have to do is find the chess set in a thrift shop, like I did.
While looking for tables, I got sidetracked and started cleaning....Yes.  I know it's hopeless, but it would be nice to be able to at least get to the desk in a straight line....No jumping over things to get there.

Then when I got there, I decided it would be nice to be able to find things on top of the desk.

By that time Tessie had come out of the coma and started her usual supervisory post...

The desk was about half cleaned off when I ran across my old tool roll.  I made this a number of years ago and it is very handy to have.  I take it when I want to do projects at other locations.

Here's how I did it....I think that I may have done an entry on this a long time ago, but it may be worth it to repeat it for some of you that didn't see it the first time around.

It doesn't have to be as elaborate as I made it.  You pick and choose the tools that you want to carry.

In my case, there is a pair of needle nose pliers, some small Fiskar squeeze handled scissors, wire cutters, a six inch ruler, a mechanical pencil, tweezers, glue, small fine scissors, a tape measure and a small notebook.

I simply cut out two pieces of fabric and a piece of quilt batting a little larger than all of the tools as they were lined up on it.  Then I cut the orange piece the same width, but a bit longer than the blue, so that, when doubled, it would hold the tools in place. (The pocket for the tape measure is separate and sits on the outside of the scissors pocket.)  

I did some embroidery on the outside to quilt the blue.  Then I folded the orange and did fancy stitches on it and hand stitched it to the blue so that it would hold all of the tools in place.

I laid the orange on top of the inside of the blue and secured it with pins.  Then I used the checked bias binding all around to hold it together.

I tacked on the center of a piece of ribbon that would wrap around twice and tie. 

As you can see, when it is rolled up, it makes a great place to take a nap.

I don't think that Tessie has quite gotten back to normal yet....I may try to tiptoe out of the workroom and let her sleep a while longer....I hear that forgetfulness powder takes a lot out of you....I wouldn't want to awaken her by banging things around in the workroom...I should go check on Zar...

See you tomorrow.


Steinworks said...

I like the idea of a place for my tools but Im not the sort to put things back where I found them (I blame my faulty upbringing)

but it does look nice and comfy, just the thing for those late nights when I pull an all nighter at the craft table.

Marisa :)

Caseymini said...

Marisa, I use it more for when I teach or go to workshops. Not so much at home.

mcddiss said...

que bien dos tutoriales en una misma entrada , gracias por las ideas