Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Joanne's attic,a special gift, back to the quilt shop

My intention, as you know, was to get the roof on the attic yesterday but the room is wonky and the roof doesn't align properly so have to walk away from it a bit. I think I know how to re-tackle it but am not quite ready to do that yet.

Joanne was getting very frustrated with the roof of her attic so brought it over last night and we tackled it together. It actually came together very well in terms of positioning. So Joanne glued it and began to tape it to keep the roof in place while the glue dried. Her tape had dried out a bit and kept breaking which was a pain!

She gave me permission to take pictures of the "tape saga". We always have a good time together but we really had a lot of giggles over this!

I had originally planned on putting the quilt shop in the Cerveny from Miniland in Victoria. But for a couple reasons (cost and size), I decided I would rather go with one of the rooms that earlier MEE club members had. Joanne had two of them and gifted me with one of hers. Thank you very much!

I had planned on doing this portion of the post as a tutorial for newbies to MEE to show them how easily you could build a table any size.

Didn't work out for three reasons:

(1) I wanted to make it as a cutting table for the quilt shop and, therefore, have a bottom shelf on it;

(2) a cutting table needs to be taller than a regular table, and

(3) Some of the pictures I thought I took didn't 'take' so some steps are missing.

I'll try again later but for some of you who have made some pieces, hopefully you can follow this:

Wood used for this table:
3/32" thick basswood
1/16" thick basswood
3/8" square stripwood

For the top of the table I cut a piece of 3/32" thick basswood 2 1/2" x 7" then measured and marked 1/4" in from the edges. This is where the table skirt and legs will be.

I cut four 2 3/4" legs from the 3/8" square strip wood.

Two top table skirt pieces from the 1/16" basswood: 6 1/8" x 3/8"

Two end top table skirt pieces from the 1/16" basswood: 1 5/8" x 3/8"

Two end supports for the bottom shelf; 1 5/8" of the 3/8" square stripwood.

 Two side supports for the bottom shelf: 6 1/8" of the 3/8" square stripwood.

Wood stained with medium Dollarama wood retouching pens:

Legs along length of the table in the gluing jig:

Left side: a table leg
Across the top: the long table skirt piece
Right side: another table leg
Bottom: stripwood bottom support piece
The bottom support piece is space from the bottom of the legs by a Lego piece
And all that is aligned above the steel ruler lined up against the bottom of the table legs.

Make two of these.

This is where the pictures are missing.............

So I don't have the pictures of how I added the bottom brace or the top skirt on the ends of the table frame
but here's how the final table base looks:

I measured the bottom brace and cut a piece to fit it 6 1/2" x 2"

 Cut out the corners for the legs then stained that shelf and dry-fitted it.

I sanded both the table top and the bottom shelf with a brown paper bag.

When the table top was sanded, I glued a 6' ruler along one long edge. I made the ruler by printing out two yardsticks from Jim Collins and using only half of each.

I took the leg assembly and dry-fitted it in place. I pencilled in the placement then glued it in place.

 After the top of the table was glued in place, I glued the bottom shelf in place.

 Then I took a pair of scissors from Grandpa's Dollhouse, painted the handles with red nail polish, linked them to a piece of silver chain from Dollarama and linked that to a screw hook that was in the top of an old Christmas ornament.

I then screwed that into the leg of the table.

Here I've added some bolts of fabric and trim to the top of the table and some bolts of fabric on the bottom shelf.

Not the tutorial I had hoped for but I'm really pleased that I have a great fabric cutting table for the quilt shop!


  1. That looks amazing.....if I hadn't seen the pictures of you making it I would have thought you purchased it. Nice work.

    1. Thanks Crystal. Have to admit I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.