Quite some time ago, fungus amungus set forth a challenge to duplicate the design of a "Tablecloth without a Table"
. Well, after waiting all this time, I finally said "I guess I'll do it, I have to do everything around here grumble grumble grumble..." of course if it has been done and I missed it, boy am I gonna look stupid.
So I present my take on the Table(less) Cloth.
Step 1: Select a Cloth
I didn't have a table cloth that I could make disappear from my wife's purview, and I wanted something with "character". While cleaning out my wife's closet we found this baby blanket, perhaps it has sentimental value, but sentiment can't stand in the way of progress.. It's a little tattered, babies don't respect property...
Step 2: Drape
Before even thinking of stiffening the fabric, we need to make for a "pretty" table. So we need to build a stand that gives a the cloth a pleasant drape, while leaving enough touching the "ground plane" to support the table.
I'm working on top of my table saw, and not wanting the table(less) cloth as a permanent feature, I'm covering everything with plastic.
Step 3: Epoxy
I'm using some US Composites 2 part slow epoxy, it's rather old resin and starting to yellow, fresh would be better but I need the fresh for projects I care about...
When working with epoxy, follow certain common sense procedures, gloves, respirator and for the love of god do not clean your hands with acetone!!!!!
Anyways, mix up about $20 worth of epoxy and saturate the cloth with the epoxy..
Step 4: Squeeze
We don't want to create a drippy nasty table, well maybe we do, but for public consumption we're trying to make something presentable. Therefore we need to squeeze out all the excess epoxy. I used all the clothes that we cleaned out of the closet and were too damaged to give to Goodwill. I just wrapped up the epoxy soaked cloth and walked all over it until I felt the cloth was dry enough.