27 September 2007

Recycled Table - finished!

I finally got around to taking pictures of the giant rolling "island" I built for my studio that started with the top of my parents' kitchen table. It has shelves on three sides for storage. The short end has shelves that hold metal flower pots from IKEA. In the pots are all sorts of art supplies that I like to keep at hand. Things like colored pencils, palette knives, hand-carved stamps, stamp pads, acrylic paints, tubes of watercolors, etc.

One long side has storage cubbies for stretched canvases (for mixed media work), printing supplies like bench hooks, rollers, brayers and acrylic plates, and a shipping center. The big space in the middle allows me to pull up a drafting chair and work at this table. Which is always a bonus when flat surfaces are at a premium.

The other long side has canvas bins for current projects, plastic Artbins for more supplies and class samples, and great storage for my Dremel, block-printing press and Gocco printer (sadly still unopened!) I love that this table is on wheels and I can move it anywhere in the room, or even out of the room if need be. Have work table, will travel!

13 comments:

melanie said...

ooooo, way cool, Jane. I will now die of envy.

Gerrie said...

I love this. Can you come out and build one for me? Or do you have the plans for sale?

Natalya said...

i am sooo jealous....

Martha Ginn said...

Jane, what a GREAT storage area, and I love the fact that you recycled your folks' tabletop. You are an excellent cabinetmaker--and that's much more than a carpenter! A whole other type of skill than your artistic textile art--which I greatly admire, too.

I'm enjoying your workbook (so far am reading but have big plans to do the exercises).
Martha Ginn

Vicki W said...

You could sell that worktable all day long!

j.dávila said...

Gerrie - I will happily send you the plans, but you'd need to alter them for whatever table top you use.

I drive my husband a little crazy (crazier?) because I have a very "organic" approach to carpentry. *grin* Unlike he who plans out every last detail on graph paper before even purchasing lumber, -- I measure, cut and assemble the first step of a project, then measure what's been built, cut and attach, then stand back, tilt my head and squint to see what else it needs, measure, cut, attach, until it's done.

Of course, I use the same approach with my art, so why is he surprised? And his cabinetry work blows mine out of the water, custom dovetail joints, hand carved drawer pulls...

Vicki - can you imagine the shipping charge? That sucker weighs over 100 lbs, empty!

cat in tassie said...

Wow, I love your studio, Jane. So much storage. Mind you, I love mine too, but seeing what other people do gives me so many more ideas. I recently got your new book and have started doing the exercises in it - great book!

Terry said...

oh, this is way too beautiful and efficient! Where is the fabric exploding out of bent wire bins and the grotty old coffee cans full of dried up markers and shedding paintbrushes and dull scissors? I am beginning to wonder if you are *real* artist! ;-)

Lynne said...

Your table looks FABulous! Thanks for taking the time to post pix. I love the vision you had for the makeover.
My room is still waiting on painters in the downstairs, but soon... Guess I should take some "before" pix of my space now, esp before I clean it up to move. I still have JQ spread all over. (sigh) And I can't wait to have the bedroom back.

Judith Glover said...

Jane, it was worth staying home from the beach to finsh your work island! The buckets from IKEA are a fantastic example of repetition as a design element - you could use that photo as an illustration in a book on design. It would also be a great subject for a quilt.

Judith G. Glover

Carla said...

You have inspired me to make my own. Any tips? I do know how to use a table saw, jigsaw, etc...

You could really sell your plans- your studio is just too cool!

Plain Jane said...

Wow! gorgeous and soooo very organized and clean. Impressive. I too, have a place to store my UNopened gocco printer!! ha, I bought it like 5 years ago and still haven't used it!

Ellen said...

Definately Faboo! I envy you!