Whenever I have an idea to build something, often the first piece of paper I see is the post-it note on my desk, I aggressively put pen to paper trying to get as many details onto a 3x3 inch note pad as I possibly can.... You guys, that Post-It is way too small for my really big idea!
With the availability of GIANT 3M Post-It Easel pads, I was able to make MY WHOLE WORK-SURFACE a great, big, sticky note! WIN!
I used the following for this project:
- Table Saw
NOTE: You could sub the 3/4" and 1/4" plywood for 1", or thicker, piece of plywood. The IKEA table legs I used needed to be anchored to a 1" piece of wood.
Gracious gif making/modeling help from jessyrafink.
Step 1: Going to IKEA
Let me make the following very clear:
GO TO IKEA WITH A PLAN.
The IKEA website makes it pretty easy to plan ahead, I was able to pick out the table legs I wanted and even figure out where in the store I could get them. All I had to do is select which location I planned to go to, and it told me that I could find them in Aisle 8, Bin 16 of the warehouse section.
I was in and out of the store in 10 minutes. VICTORY!
Step 2: Measure Post-IT Pad
Even though the Post-IT Easel pad was advertised as being 23-1/2 inches x 30 inches, it was actually 24-3/16 inches x 30-1/8 inches. I didn't want there to be any bleed of paper over the wood, so I made sure measured the precise dimensions of the paper.
To do this, I had to tear up the cardboard around the bound edge of the note pad.
Step 3: Cutting Out Top
Using a table saw, I cut out a 24-3/16 inches x 30-1/8 inches sized piece of pre-finished 3/4" plywood.
Step 4: Cutting and Gluing 1/4" Pieces
I cut four 5x5 inch pieces of 1/4" plwood that I could glue to the 3/4" to make the table thick enough to hold the legs.
Using a straight edge, I found the center points of each 5x5 square, and marked it with an X. This way, I knew where to center each bracket over the bonded plywood.
I roughed up the corners of the 3/4" plywood slab, and then anchored the 5x5 plates with glue.
After clamping for 30 minutes, the glue was set.
Step 5: Screwing Down Brackets
The IKEA directions for the table legs installation, while not very helpful, are completely hilarious.
I used a 1/8" drill bit for the screws that came with leg bracket, and pre-drilled all the holes necessary. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO SINK THE DRILL BIT TOO DEEP! Otherwise you have holes in your table top.
While pre-drilling I used a clamp to hold the bracket in place, then drilled the screws in.
Step 6: Screw on the Legs
I installed this table in my home-studio, where I do most of my making. This is great! Finally I could quickly get all those awesome project ideas down on paper before my brain loses them forever.
Step 7: Re-Bend the Staples on the Post-IT Pad.
I don't know if this even necessary, but when I was ripping up the cardboard on the easel pad, I messed up the stapes. I re-bent them using needle-nose and regular-nose(what are those things called?!) pliers.
I pulled the arms of each staple up, straitening them out, then pushing them back down.
Step 8: Set the Paper
The bottom-most sheet of the Post-It Easel Pad had a protective coverlet for the sticky-part on the underside of the sheet. This solved my quandary of how I was going to affix the note pad to the table, but alas, the note pad could affix itself to the table! DOY! Of course the last page would be sticky too.
Step 9: Make Stuff!
I have already made some big dinosaur drawings, giant to-do lists, a few concept sketches..... I foresee the walls of my studio being coated in my genius.
If you re-make this project, SHARE! I want to see what your big ideas look like!