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A Seriously Large “Craft” Table

Sometime in the past my wife and I considered building a bar in our finished basement.  It is a large room—approximately 40 feet long by 16 feet wide with a nook that increases the space even more—that is used infrequently.  There is a large television, like every other house in America it seems, but it is turned on maybe once a week.

Our two kids have aged out of “baby toys,” so we sold the old play table that I built and the toy storage bins from IKEA that dominated one half of the room.  As it sat empty we returned our thoughts to building a bar.

Like every starry eyed couple on HGTV we discussed using the space to entertain, even though we do not entertain, and were hopeful that it would become a space where our kids would spend time as they grew up instead of disappearing to friends’ houses.

In reality, what we really wanted was a large flat space to contain art projects, wrapping at Christmas time, in-process LEGO builds, and whatever creation our son starts to dream up with whatever found materials he brings out of his room.  It was never about a bar, per se, but rather a large kitchen island that could serve multiple functions.

With that realization the discussion turned to building an ersatz kitchen island that would not require a major construction project (e.g. plumbing that required breaking concrete, flooring being removed, etc.).  Enter the Modern Craft Table over at Ana White.

This is the completed Modern Craft table:

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A lot of modifications have been made to this particular plan.  Let’s go over a few of the major differences:

  • Adjustable shelves:

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Each end—total of four—has two or three adjustable shelves that sit on ¼” chrome shelf pins:

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The holes were drilled using a JIG IT shelving jig.  If you are drilling shelf pins with any regularity get one of these.

  • Wider bases with a set of shelves on either end:

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This is a modification that was made by a number of people on the “brag board” on Ana White’s website, so I cannot take credit for the idea.  It does provide for a wider base, which allows for the larger top described below.

  • Larger top made with double stacked ¾” plywood that has been edge banded with runners underneath to provide additional rigidity and sag resistance:

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The top is similar in construction to what was used on a prior furniture project.  The 2”x2” runners along the bottom provide rigidity to the center of the top preventing sagging over time.  Like so many furniture projects we have built over the years this top got a little out of hand.  It weighs a lot.  How much?  It is well over 100 pounds.  This is not flat pack particle board construction.

The table is big.  How big?  The top measures 85.5” by 49.5” edge to edge.  Yes, that is almost the dimensions of a 4’ by 8’ sheet of plywood.  It is also double stacked for strength and stability.  This sucker is not going anywhere.

The end result is a craft table that can comfortably seat four at counter height chairs with plenty of room for whatever project is in process.  The real problem is now that the far wall looks a little bare with a floating shelf of kids’ artwork the vestigial reminder of pre-school classes.  We are already looking at a variety of plans to complete our basement build.  Stay tuned.

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Friday Linkage 9/21/2012

You know how weeks can just seem to get away from you?  That was this week for me.  I looked up and it was Thursday night.  Where did all of my time go?

When I get a chance this weekend I have some thoughts on beer—big surprise—and a new attempt at pickling garlic—yay!

On to the links…

Secret Life of Garbage—It’s Friday, so bring on the infographic:

5 Key Points Missed in Study on Organic Food—Recent studies on organic food have painted the portrait of it being nonsense elite buying behavior with no real impact.  As the shock has worn off people have begun to look at what the studies overlooked.

Saga of the Salton Sea–If you have ever been to the Salton Sea, it is a strange experience.  In the searing heat of the desert there is this odd oasis that is not really an oasis.  It’s an accident that has become a major environmental asset and liability at the same time.

U.K. Wind Farms Generate Record Power—On a national scale, wind power was providing 10.8% of the nation’s power.  Pretty awesome.

Republican Case for Supporting Renewable Energy—Do you think in the current climate that any national Republican politician would have the stones to step up and support renewable energy?  First, the withering criticism would come from Fox News blowhards and that whale Rush Limbaugh.  Second, the money would dry up from the fossil fuel industry.  Third, some “real” Republican who was more right wing than Attila the Hun would challenge them in a primary.  Nope, not a chance.

Companies Including Starbucks and Levi Strauss Promote Wind Power Tax Credit—The extension of the wind power tax credit seems like such a no brainer because it helps American industry, promotes clean energy, and had broad based appeal.  Except it does not make sense to obstructionist politicians.

What Runners Can Teach Us About Sustainability—I liked what the author was trying to get at talking about efficiency in a different lens.  Effective?  Maybe.

The Case of the Missing Bars—Apparently the effects of age and heat on the batteries of the electric Nissan Leaf have been misjudged by the manufacturer.  It is amazing what this group of enthusiasts was able to do in terms on logistics and methodology to prove their point.  I think the hard core enthusiast base for electric vehicles is going to be what allows the industry to survive until battery technology allows for mass adoption.  Don’t believe me?  Apple would have been dead in the mid-1990s if not for a dedicated base of fans who kept the company just above drowning.  Now look at Apple.

The Federal Government Vastly Underestimates True Cost of Pollution—How much does pollution cost us?  Until this externality can be accurately portrayed there is little hope in moving forward on climate change because all models will underestimate the impact.

Research Questions the Wisdom of Prescribed Burns—As forest fires grown in frequency and intensity there is going to have to be an increased focus on research about the topic.  For a “natural disaster” that has been with us since the beginning of time there is little knowledge about the long term impacts of various mitigation efforts vis a vis natural fires, etc.

How Green Was My Lawn—An interesting perspective on the environmental movement’s evolution.  It makes me want to check out the author’s book.