Introduction: Wedging Table for Clay Studio

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This is an instructable on how to make a free standing wedging table for your own studio. I am writing this instructable in hopes of claiming one of the awesome sets of glazes or even a rad T-shirt! This is my very first instructable!!! :)

Basic knowledge of tool safety should be used, if you don't know how to use the tool, please seek assistance.

This table is roughly 31 inches tall and 2 ft squared top. This was the largest size I felt comfortable making for my garage studio.

Materials Needed:

4x4 lumber: Total Length = 4 x height of table(-table top width-caster height if applicable).

30 inches tall - 1 inch (i forgot to do this,so im going to lie on my math)= 30 inches x 4=120 inches or 10 feet

2 x 6 lumber(or similar 2 x 4): Perimeter of Table Top ADD 6 SIDES. (you will need cross supports)

24 inches x 6 sides= 120 inches or 10 ft.

2 inch screws

1/2 inch plywood or better

*Canvas (*if you choose to cover it, some don't because of the issues with dust accumulation)

*Upholstery Nails

Other Tools:

Kreg --not necessary but easier to make joints -kinda

Drill

Wood Glue

Clamps

*Upholstery Nails

Table Saw

Miter Saw

Ruler

*Box Cutter

Pencil

Safety Gear

Step 1: Set the Miter for the Table Top Frame, Glue, and Screw

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Set your miter for the table top frame.

You can also make a frame however you like.

Cut the 2 x 6's to create a frame

I used a stop block to better measure my cuts.

The inside measurement is different from the outside measurement.

Set the Kreg tool to the appropriate depth depending on your wood, and use the correct guide screws.

Glue and screw the frame together. Use clamps if you have them!

Step 2: Cut the Legs for the Table

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Reset the miter to 0 degrees.

Cut the 4 x 4's to the height you determined.

Step 3: Attach Legs to Frame

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Screw the legs onto the frame.

It's tricky getting it level, don't give up!

Step 4: Measure Inside Frame and Make Supports

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Measure the distance between the frames at two different places.

Cut those using 2 x 6's or other wood

Kreg the supports and put into place

Step 5: Cut the Table Top From Wood and Screw On

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I had some beautiful birch plywood left over from another project, so I chose this wood. It would also be acceptable to have this wood as the final wood and not cover it in canvas.

I cut my wood to 2 ft x 2 ft. And I placed screws every 3 -4 inches. I wanted as little banging as possible when I slam the clay to wedge it. ( I didn't take a picture of this process.)

Step 6: Wrap in Canvas and Hammer Down

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You can optionally wrap your wedging table in canvas just make sure to pull it tight. Hammer it down using fabric tacks, then cut.

Step 7: Yay! a Wedging Table I Don't Feel Like I'm Going to Break!

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Finished project. I am going to add a second canvas top if i switch to red clay. I also plan on adding a longer vertical piece i can attach a wire cutter to so that I can slam wedge more efficiently.

Thanks for looking at my first Instructable. I hope you enjoyed it . If so, please vote for me in the Clay Contest.

Happy Muddin'

Comments

craftycounterpart (author)2016-10-20

Nice, solid, wedging table. Got my vote...

Thank you so much!

JenaboH (author)2016-10-18

Thank you, I can wedge and store things underneath. I wanted to be able to throw as much clay as I could carry and not feel like I was going to break it.

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