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Glass Project Table [Project 8]

My inspiration from Pottery Barn.

After a lot of humming & hawing about my desk area & what kind of units I need built, I found my inspiration at Pottery Barn in the Bedford Project Table Set.  Hey, it’s even on sale — for a mere $1,099.

Of course, I’m not going to spend anywhere near that!  Plus, it’ll be customized for my needs & ahem, be prettier.

I’m also keeping these beauties from PBTeen in mind to incorporate later on in Phase III or IV or . . .  These ones swivel but I’m thinking casters instead, . . . later.

I planned a lot of it out while cutting the headboard panel glass — along with getting a sore back.  I was working on the lower kitchen table because my drafting table was too small — & wobbly!  😦

As I moved around the space, I envisioned what would work for both the kitchen & my glass work.  With two old pieces of furniture that are kinda ugly [not in the shabby chic way], along with a bit of revamping I could make a ‘glass project table‘ for me & a ‘tea table‘ for the kitchen.

Cleaning out my messy corner while switching the tables around opened my eyes to what I also need this thing to hold:

  • large work surface [~ 12-20 sq ft] with waist-high tabletop
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  • shelves for books & organizers
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  • filing for papers & larger-sized glass patterns
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  • desk supplies:  (1) pens, erasers, rulers, notepaper, paper clips etc; (2) glass hand tools [including 24″measuring stick]
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  • glass storage in myriad colours:  (1) large sheets; (2) medium-sized sheets & cut pieces; (3) small cut pieces; (4) tiny mosaic-sized pieces
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  • other craft supplies:  (1) copperfoil, flux, glue gun, etc.; (2) stencils & paint; (3) collections of oddball stuff like pretty stones, jewelery, etc.; (4) fabric; (5) old photographs
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  • recycling containers for (1) paper (2) glass; (3) lead

I think that’s what I need for now — later on I’ll work on units for:

  • computer shelf & software storage [attached power bar?]
  • grid area to catch glass chips
  • light table
  • more books, of course
  • whatever else I discover along the way

In Photoshop [Ps], I designed two shelving units to replace the current legs attached to the thick wood top of the [old] kitchen table.  The new units are 36″ high & 24″ wide.

They will be the table bases for now, but since I want the flexibility to move them about, they will not be attached to the tabletop.

The frames are ¾” plywood & the lower shelves ½” plywood — all primed, puttied, & painted ivory.  The top shelf will be glass & be about 4″ from the top — do you know how many items are only a few inches tall?

The first unit, with double glass doors, will be facing the kitchen — it will hold my large & medium glass sheets.  One section is 25″ high [to allow for 24″ sheets] & the other 13″ high [for 12″ sheets].  Since there’s no back, glass sheets can be as long as 36″ before they hit the back of the other unit.

The second unit, with one lower glass door, will be facing the living room — it will hold my large organizer boxes, books, & assorted goodies.

That is basically what I gave my carpenter — with measurements & notes written on it.  Then, a couple days ago, I downloaded the free version of Google SketchUp & quite easily created a 3D diagram on my laptop.

Notice the blue box on the bottom?  That was actually a mistake when using the ‘push/pull‘ tool to take out the shelf.  But hey, I can turn it into a design feature if I say it’s to show where the glass can go.  You know, “I designed it that way.”  😉

There’s a few other things out of whack so I tried again.  Although there were a few problems, SketchUp is quite easy to pick up — my second try turned out much closer to the real measurements.

This one was drawn the same way you would build it, piece by piece — or component in SketchUp-speak.  Because of the multi-dimensional planes, this keeps things from getting too confusing.

When I want to portray different views in Ps, I have to redraw the whole thing over.  In SketchUp you ‘orbit‘ around on the different planes — once it’s drawn, I can easily get a snapshot from different viewpoints.

I even ‘painted’ the wood ivory & tried to show the light wood colour of the tabletop — as you orbit around, SketchUp changes the shadowing accordingly.

You can see all sides of your project — from any angle — even the bottom!

When I showed my carpenter these 3D diagrams he said “Oh, if you’d given me that at the start, I would’ve had a better understanding of what you wanted.

So, I think I’ll be using this SketchUp software a lot for diagramming projects.  It certainly helps our poor human brains understand the multi-dimensions.

Right now, the frames are primed & the shelves are in the glass unit.  Just two shelves to go into the other unit & I can paint it all in ivory semi-gloss.

I’m hoping to be pulling off the old table legs on Sunday & get that tabletop up on these babies.  The legs might be used on the tea table but we’ll see . . . later.

Then the fun begins — organizing all my junk into storage boxes & loading up the units & the two small bookcases going underneath.  😎

Sooner or later these will be replaced by other units to be built.  I’m pretty sure I’ll be working on this project for years to come yet!

😀

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